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The Food Issue - An Open Letter to the Next Farmer in Chief - Michael Pollan - NYTimes.com
By the end of the war, more than 20 million home gardens were supplying 40 percent of the produce consumed in America. The president should throw his support behind a new Victory Garden movement, this one seeking “victory” over three critical challenges we face today: high food prices, poor diets and a sedentary population. Eating from this, the shortest food chain of all, offers anyone with a patch of land a way to reduce their fossil-fuel consumption and help fight climate change. (We should offer grants to cities to build allotment gardens for people without access to land.)
convergence  urbanagriculture  food  victorygardens  agritecture 
april 2012 by dunc
Why is Urban Agriculture important? | RUAF - Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Urban agriculture provides a complementary strategy to reduce urban poverty and food insecurity and enhance urban environmental management. Urban agriculture plays an important role in enhancing urban food security since the costs of supplying and distributing food to urban areas based on rural production and imports continue to increase, and do not satisfy the demand, especially of the poorer sectors of the population. Next to food security, urban agriculture contributes to local economic development, poverty alleviation and social inclusion of the urban poor and women in particular, as well as to the greening of the city and the productive reuse of urban wastes.
convergence  urbanagriculture  foodsecurity  food  agritecture 
april 2012 by dunc
Victory Gardens : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
The United States Department of Agriculture issued a 20 minute film to promote and train people how to plant victory gardens titled Victory Garden
convergence  urbanagriculture  farming  victorygardens  agritecture 
april 2012 by dunc
Vertical farming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vertical farming is a concept that argues that it is economically and environmentally viable to cultivate plant or animal life within skyscrapers, or on vertically inclined surfaces. The idea of a vertical farm has existed at least since the early 1950s and built precedents are well documented by John Hix in his canonical text "The Glass House"
convergence  urbanagriculture  agritecture  verticalfarming  farming  cities 
april 2012 by dunc
Spotlight: Urban agriculture
Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) occurs within and surrounding the boundaries of cities throughout the world and includes crop and livestock production, fisheries and forestry, as well as the ecological services they provide. Often multiple farming and gardening systems exist in and near a single city. UPA is estimated to involve 800 million urban residents worldwide in income-earning and/or food-producing activities. The findings of national censuses, household surveys and research projects suggest that up to two-thirds of urban and peri-urban households are involved in agriculture. Much of the food produced is for own consumption, with occasional surpluses sold to local markets. Farming is done in city core areas, wedge areas and corridors out of the city, and on the periphery. One study of urban agriculture in Nairobi showed the land used for farming was 32% private residential land, 29% roadside land, 16% along river banks, and 16% in other publicly-owned areas.
convergence  urbanagriculture  agritecture  UN  FAO 
april 2012 by dunc

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