Category — Environment
Urban agriculture already plays an important role in global food production, but can it keep cities fed?
A diversified urban food supply system, with food originating from a range of sources, might instead bolster a city’s resilience because it would be less sensitive to the impacts of climate change.
By Pay Drechsel
2 March 2017
Pay Dreschel is research theme leader for Resource Recovery, Water Quality and Health, International Water Management Institute.
The findings of the Ouagadougou-Tamale study imply that achieving a sustainable, resilient urban food system is not a simple question of either local or global food supply chains; both are necessary. The more diverse urban food supply systems, the more resilient.
Local agricultural production needs to be considered in urban planning because most cities already are dependent on locally produced food. Overall, the extent of urban agriculture on a global scale warrants a reorientation of agricultural policies and development work, which are mostly focused on rural contexts.
March 14, 2017 Comments Off on Urban agriculture already plays an important role in global food production, but can it keep cities fed?
The site is OK for mulch, not growing
By Tom Troy
Feb 17, 2017
Mr. Jackson said city officials are trying to work with him, and have suggested two other sites to place the wood chips. He said the Bancroft Street site is covered with concrete, so he would be able to compost there, but not grow vegetables.
“There’s definitely negotiations going on. I have a letter from economic development stating that they are working with me to get a new site,” Mr. Jackson said.
February 22, 2017 Comments Off on City of Toledo, Ohio offers vacant lot to urban farmer
Native Americans are losing their ability to live off the land as it has crumbled into the Gulf of Mexico. Some of them are trying to figure out how to survive on what’s left.
By Barry Yeoman
Food and Environmental Network
Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast, The Lens
February 9, 2017
A few decades ago, the Pointe-au-Chien tribal members of Louisiana fed themselves well—they fished in nearby waters, raised livestock, planted fruits and vegetables, trapped marsh hens, and even hunted turtle and alligator. But as the tides, driven higher by climate change, started to eat up the tribe’s territory leaving fewer places to put a garden or raise livestock and less terrain to hunt and forage for wild plants, the tribe turned to processed foods. And as water levels continued to rise, so did rates of diabetes and cholesterol.
February 15, 2017 Comments Off on Louisiana tribes restore traditional diets in the face of climate change
Here’s Ryan harvesting some cutting celery, another ingredient of my green juice. This hardy annual can be used in place of celery and is easier to grow. The fine green leaves and thin hollow stems are especially good to flavor soups and stews.
Photos from her food producing greenhouse
Martha Up Close and Personal Blog
Feb 7, 2017
My expansive outdoor vegetable garden is bare, but I’m fortunate to have lots of wonderful vegetables growing in the ground in a special greenhouse located behind my Equipment Barn. As many of you know, its design was inspired by Eliot Coleman, an expert of four-season farming.
February 14, 2017 Comments Off on Martha Stewart: A Winter Harvest from My Vegetable Greenhouse
Some urban farmers who spoke to ZwNews have expressed their fears that the floods being experienced in the country at the moment could lead to serious food insecurity.
By Lovemore Lubinda
Jan 20, 2017
Kudakwashe Tagara, another Harare resident who last season had to send some of his urban farming produces to his parents in the rural areas (Mutoko) after they failed to harvest more to eat, said the floods have affected their livelihoods to a greater extent.
“The situation is compromising our ability to fend for our families; all my small fields dotted along the Mukuwisi River have been rendered a complete write-off. I won’t get anything this year, my aging parents in Mutoko depend on what I provide them,” he said.
January 31, 2017 Comments Off on Flooding impacts urban agriculture in Zimbabwe
Towards Regenerated and Productive Vacant Areas through Urban Horticulture: Lessons from Bologna, Italy
Six case studies representing this variety of vacant areas were identified and evaluated
By Daniela Gasperi, Giuseppina Pennisi, Niccolò Rizzati, Francesca Magrefi, Giovanni Bazzocchi, Umberto Mezzacapo, Monique Centrone Stefani, Esther Sanyé-Mengual, Francesco Orsini, and Giorgio Gianquinto
In recent years, urban agriculture has been asserting its relevance as part of a vibrant and diverse food system due to its small scale, its focus on nutrition, its contribution to food security, its employment opportunities, and its role in community building and social mobility. Urban agriculture may also be a tool to re-appropriate a range of abandoned or unused irregular spaces within the city, including flowerbeds, roundabouts, terraces, balconies and rooftops. Consistently, all spaces that present a lack of identity may be converted to urban agriculture areas and, more specifically, to urban horticulture as a way to strengthen resilience and sustainability.
January 19, 2017 Comments Off on Towards Regenerated and Productive Vacant Areas through Urban Horticulture: Lessons from Bologna, Italy
Andrew Douglas, a horticulturist who set up Dublin’s first rooftop farm, plans to supply potato pods to a Nasa mission on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano, where the space agency is simulating life on Mars.
By Gabrielle Monaghan
The Sunday Times Ireland
January 15 2017
(Must see. Mike)
A version of the Irish potato will boldly go where no spud has gone before — to a Mars simulation habitat run by Nasa.
Andrew Douglas, a horticulturist who set up Dublin’s first rooftop farm, plans to supply potato pods to a Nasa mission on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano, where the space agency is simulating life on Mars. Nasa is hoping to send humans to the red planet by the 2030s.
In 2013, Douglas set up a kitchen garden on the roof of the Chocolate Factory building in Dublin before moving it to the top-floor science lab at Belvedere College. There are now 180 varieties of heritage and heirloom potatoes growing in upcycled water cooler bottles and artificial grass offcuts on the college’s rooftop. “Who better to help experiment with growing spuds on Mars than an Irishman?” said Douglas.
January 15, 2017 Comments Off on Dublin farmer and the tubers for Mars
There are almost too many food-justice programs to name. They include urban farming nonprofits such as Acta Non Verba, Phat Beets and City Slicker Farms, as well as social enterprises like Youth UpRising’s Corners Cafe and a startup called Town Kitchen, which trains young people from low-income communities and delivers box lunches to offices and conferences.
By Jonathan Kauffman
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2016
News of a Bay Area chef with a farm barely raises an eyebrow these days. But when Sarah Kirnon became the social-enterprise director of Dig Deep Farms four months ago, she wasn’t out to cultivate premium ingredients for her Oakland restaurant, Miss Ollie’s. She had a bigger mission in mind.
The 6-year-old farm, which has 8 acres in the hills above San Leandro, isn’t just a source for organic radishes, greens and carrots. It is funded in part by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and many of the farmers who tend its citrus trees and lush fields were once incarcerated.
January 4, 2017 Comments Off on Social Enterprise at Dig Deep Farms in Oakland, California
Top 5 3D Food Printers.
“Considering that one third of food produced worldwide for human consumption (a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes) is thrown away each year, 3D food printing which involves the deposition of materials only where needed and on demand, could also contribute to curbing food wastage, while bringing high-tech, substantial meals to more people,”
From The Asian Food Journal
and 3D Printing.com
3D food printing is essentially about using food ingredients and shaping them into a form. The configuration is set with the help of the printer’s 3D modeling program. The process, also known as additive manufacturing, involves the repeated layering of viscous ingredients as varied as vegetables and meat, to cheeses and dough, to eventually form solid comestibles, all based on information fed into the 3D printer from an SD card or computer. Today’s 3D printed edibles defy common perceptions of being merely aesthetic creations – they increasingly offer novel solutions to pertinent food concerns.
December 11, 2016 Comments Off on Could 3D printing technology be used as a solution to global food crises?
“Urban agriculture is increasingly important in supplying food for urban residents yet we lack scientific and management information about how to enhance pest control, pollination and water conservation in urban gardens in order to improve food access,” said Philpott.
By James Herrera
“Not only is the Central Coast a leading producer of fresh produce for tables across the nation and abroad, we’re also leaders in agriculture research,” said Farr in a press release. “During my 40-plus years in elected office, I’ve been a champion for increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables and for improving sustainable agriculture practices.”
Across the nation, populations in many urban areas is growing but many residents lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, an increasing number of these residents are growing produce in urban gardens. This research will provide information to improve sustainable practices for urban agriculture including pest control, pollination and water storage.
December 6, 2016 Comments Off on $440K grant awarded to UC Santa Cruz for sustainable urban agriculture practices research
Watch Tending the Wild: Decolonizing the Diet.
Big Pine Reservation’s Sustainable Foods Program and Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Food Sovereignty Program
By Clarissa Wei
Nov 21, 2016
Big Pine Paiute-Shoshone tribe member Joseph Miller shows me around his town’s garden. There are two hoop houses with herbs and fresh heads of lettuce just popping out of the ground. Tomatoes are in abundance, with so many hybrid varieties that it’s hard to keep track.
“What we’re working towards is being able to not only create a sustainable food source, but to create food security,” Miller says. “We want to give our people the right to know without being in the dark and wary about where their food is coming from, or how long it’s been on a truck.”
November 28, 2016 Comments Off on Why Two California Indian Tribes are Growing Their Own Food, and Why It Isn’t Easy
Research has shown that trees can help us to adapt to a changing climate and combat drought by influencing rainfall patterns and helping to retain the water received.
By Chipo Masara
Nov 13, 2016
Rain is something that Zimbabweans very much look forward to. For years, many have looked up to their rain-fed agricultural projects to bring them food relief in the face of gnawing hunger that has resulted from the country’s economic collapse. The unpredictable pattern that now characterises the rainy seasons, however, has lately been rendering people’s effort useless.
Urban agriculture is part of Zimbabwe’s urban landscape and in Harare; frantic efforts by the city council to put an end to it came to naught — to the extent of the authorities seemingly throwing in the towel. It would seem they finally realised how unreasonable their push was to destroy an activity that brought food relief for many food-insecure urban households, most of who have been left to scrap for a living after their breadwinners lost jobs following either company closures or retrenchments.
November 20, 2016 Comments Off on Zimbabwe: Climate Change Changes Face of Urban Agriculture
The project is being driven by the Food Resilience Network, a collaborative group of about 30 organisations which have joined forces to encourage a strong local food economy.
By Liz Mcdonald
November 3 2016
Project co-ordinator Chloe Waretini, of the Food Resilience Network, said it would be Christchurch’s most regenerative building.
It would not only be about resources such as water, energy and food, but also about making cities “more dynamic, lively and people-centred”, Waretini said.
November 9, 2016 Comments Off on New Zealand: Construction of Christchurch’s new edible garden and cafe to start 2017
The importance of becoming rooted in gardening
By Claire Livingstone
4th geography student at University of British Columbia
Nov 2, 2016
It is estimated that one fifth of the greenhouse gases that we’re each responsible for, come from how we consume food(1). According to New York Times writer Michael Pollan(2), growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for the environment, as it reduces a sense of dependency on the ‘cheap energy’ that composes so much of an individual’s carbon footprint. As a fourth year UBC Geography student, I am exposed to the importance of being mindful of one’s environmental impacts on an individual level. In order for big changes to happen, we must start with the little ones, and shift how we interact with the Earth on a daily basis.
November 3, 2016 Comments Off on You Don’t Know ‘Till You Grow
The goal by 2020 is to green Paris on more than 100 hectares with a third devoted to urban agriculture
This article has been roughly translated by Google Translate from La Relève et La Peste
By Christophe Noël et Jean-Pierre Viguié / Mairie de Paris
Oct 6, 2016
Here’s good news! Passed unnoticed this summer, this law passed by the elected council of Paris on July 1, and allows Paris residents to acquire a permit to green/grow on the place that you like best! A very nice alternative to green our cities from the 100% concrete …
Paris is one of the least “green” capitals where one finds relatively little space and almost no real green lung, as there are in London or Central Park. The mayor of Paris has made a strong move this time with her 100% green proposal. We see real, bold proposals for the French capital. The goal by 2020 is to green Paris on more than 100 hectares. All alternatives are in the proposals. Roofs, walls and facades can and will be grown on, a third will be devoted to urban agriculture. This proposals is long overdue. The proposal was passed under a near media blackout.
October 19, 2016 Comments Off on Paris, France launches licenses to ‘green’ (végétaliser) all you want