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Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Design Trust put together a metrics framework that measured the associated activities of urban agriculture with the known benefits derived from various studies to convince city officials of urban farming's positive impact.

 

Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week.  Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city.

Chou pointed out that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community...


Via Lauren Moss, landscape architecture &sustainability
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Marcus Taylor's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:40 AM

Urban Agriculture faces a myriad of challenges to enter the mainstream of urban development in the pursuit of "SmartCities" Worth a browse.

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The Green Fail Infographic | Energy Hack

The Green Fail Infographic | Energy Hack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Everywhere, companies today receive bonus points for going green. In retrospect, is the going green fever in actuality harming the environment instead?

Take bio-fuels, for example. They are praised for being biodegradable; however, the use and production of these fuels release more CO2 than fossil fuels. The row crops grown to create bio-fuel lead to higher erosion rates than sod crops.


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ecosystem services

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A bit of perspective on natural systems, ecosystem services, and symbiotic relationships on a wider "community" type scale.  See Ecovision sustainable learning center. 


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Anne Caspari's curator insight, February 17, 2013 7:52 PM

nice trans-lation. 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 16, 2013 3:14 PM

great illustrations