Tennessee Titan Will Witherspoon is tackling the very real problem of antibiotic abuse in the off season.
Abusing antibiotics in farming has led to a dangerous spike in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, superbugs like MRSA, that kill 19,000 people a year—more people than the AIDS virus claims annually. "We are truly producing a generation of microbes that are unaffected by the drugs we depend on when we're sick," explained Dr. Blackwell "The safest drugs are the first we'll lose, and that will force us to go to more toxic drugs."
"Cities have the ability to grow millions of pounds of food each year for a multitude of benefits!" said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. "Engineers, landscape architects, architects and urban farmers are converting rooftops for food production using a variety of new technologies that we will explore at the Urban Agriculture Summit," he added.
Hear from visionaries and entrepreneurs who are leading the way and creating the business of city-based rooftop commercial food production in Toronto from August 15-18, 2012.
The Bowery Mission has began a Rooftop Farming Project to augment their kitchen's vegetable source. This garden was just planted this last few weeks and uses a light weight soil with mulch in plastic beds with gravel. The goals of the roof top farm are to provide mission residents an opportunity to develop care for the plants and an understanding of the responsibility that it takes to grow food. Self sufficiency and and sustainability are the vision.
A group of entrepreneurs and urban-farming enthusiasts, with backgrounds as varied as finance, engineering and marketing, helped found and set up a now booming farm (named Brooklyn Grange) atop a former car-parts ...
Maybe it’s Alan Joaquin’s frequent bird’s-eye view that keeps him on the lookout for rooftops in Honolulu and beyond. A Hawaiian Airlines pilot by day, the self-professed geek is the founder of the breakout agricultural biz FarmRoof...
On the outside the largest "living walls" in the state, which can Reduce building temperatures by up to 10-degrees. And the building built in 1976 is now the first affordable housing project to have a USDA certified organic rooftop farm.
"Promoting Sustainable Urban Development through Urban Agriculture and Tourism" is the theme of the 2012 World Cities Scientific Development Forum (WCSDF).
Urban agriculture holds potential to reduce food insecurity and urban poverty. It can aid in local economic development and help improve urban environmental management. It can contribute to heat reduction, water storage, waste management and urban greening.
Urban tourism may help increase the economic vitality of cities. Development of cultural tourism and eco-tourism help improve the uniqueness of a city. Sustainable tourism helps maintain the environmental and cultural integrity of communities, preserves the natural heritage, and protects ecologically sensitive areas.
Here in the U.S. we have no shortage of unused industrial space. In cities across the country there are blocks of old warehouses laying dormant and forgotten. While some find second lives being renovated into hip residential lofts, many of these buildings have a hard time being fashioned with new uses.
In Chicago’s West side, a group of entrepreneurs saw one such building as an opportunity and fashioned a multi-faceted program mix to utilize old warehouse space and create a complex that will be energy-neutral, waste negative and resource positive.
Farming In The City, Fresh Foods To Be Grown On Honolulu Rooftops.
An organic rooftop farm above an auto dealership? The future of our food system may be right on top of us. FarmRoof, a privately help corporation based in Waimanalo, Hawaii, highlights their patent pending technology atop this urban building.
We need to find new ways of talking about our shared challenges and visions of what a ‘good’ result of ‘sustainable’ development are. Sustainability, like everything else in this modern age that has purchase, has been abstracted and productized to become data sets of carbon counts and LEED standards – as a kind of industrial conservation exercise – that will respond to some greenwash and re-branding. Cities themselves are not broken. The concrete and brick and steel are not accountable for our damaging environmental practices – yet we find a way to absolve ourselves of the consequences of our choices by blaming their material properties. In my view, the term ‘sustainability’ indicates the need for a systemic change in thinking and these dialogues need to be kept alive across generations.
FarmRoof got its roots after Alan Joaquin, president and founder, happened upon a study that concluded that rooftops could be used for growing food crops if the weight could be distributed properly. “I thought to myself, if the biggest challenge is weight, I can address this,” says Joaquin.
A walking encyclopedia of agricultural knowledge, Joaquin began his career as a young landscaper and built his first hydro-mulcher at the age of 17. He has combined his formal background in aeronautics with a knack for tinkering in order to engineer agricultural innovations and systems ever since.
More predictable revenue streams, especially at a time when so many investments feel risky, are creating a firmer economic argument for local farming that, in years past, was more of a political or lifestyle choice.
A new video from ASLA’s “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes” shows how to turn a conventional community into an edible city. Learn how to transform unproductive spaces into agricultural landscapes that help fight obesity and reduce food deserts. With local networks in place, nearby suburban farms can also participate, finding new markets and creating a more healthy food system in the process.
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