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

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC] | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | 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...


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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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Food Urbanism - A Sustainable Design Option for Urban Communities

"The goal of this project was to research urban food systems and design based on the theory Food Urbanism; how food relates to the organization of a city and how it becomes infrastructurethat transforms the urban experience. [...]Continuous productive landscapes have the potential to become a tool and or mechanism to sustainable growth in urban communities. As infrastructure in a city or town, continuous urban agriculture (UA) has the potential of being a thread that is woven through a community creating a rigid and ecological backbone for growth connecting neighborhoods, open spaces, and urban markets. Research is based oncase studies, interviews of producers and city officials in Ames, IA and observations of UA inLondon, UK. This research demonstrates that urban food systems have a potential of creating environmentally, socially and economically productive communities." Jason Grimm and Mimi Wagner


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Prince Charles Takes On Critics Of Sustainable Farming

Prince Charles Takes On Critics Of Sustainable Farming | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
In a global ecosystem that is, to say the least, under stress, our apparently unbridled demands for energy, land, and water put overwhelming pressure on our food systems.

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Dutch PlantLab Revolutionizes Farming: No Sunlight, No Windows, Less Water, Better Food

Dutch PlantLab Revolutionizes Farming: No Sunlight, No Windows, Less Water, Better Food | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Dutch agricultural company PlantLab wants to change almost everything you know about growing plants. Instead of outdoors, they want farms to be in skyscrapers, warehouses, or underground using hydroponics or other forms of controlled environments. Instead of sunlight they use red and blue LEDs. Water? They need just 10% of the traditional requirements.


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How cities can embrace urban agriculture and weaken the grip of 'big food'

How cities can embrace urban agriculture and weaken the grip of 'big food' | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Many city governments around the world are encouraging agriculture in urban areas--so long as it stays small scale and doesn't challenge the status quo.

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Food, Technology and Biodiversity

Food, Technology and Biodiversity | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A Historian’s Take on Food and Food Politics...

 

This brief article highlights that as much as technology has changed food production, there this is much more that has remained the same.  Of the thousands of plants on Earth, 11 account for most of what we eat (corn, rice, wheat, cassava, potatoes, sorghum, millet, beans, barley rye and oats) .  Not surprisingly, those 11 plants are the same that have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years--makes you think that early humans, while not technologically advanced, were constantly conducting agricultural experiments and found many of the best animal and plant resources for human consumption.  This is one reason losing local indigenous knowledge about cultural ecology and the species' genetic diversity would be a great loss for humanity.  


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elsa hunziker's comment, January 30, 2012 2:27 PM
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Concerns grow about GM crops and glyphosate causing disease...in humans

Concerns grow about GM crops and glyphosate causing disease...in humans | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Dec. 21, 2012 Future historians may well look back and write about our time …. about how willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations with this massive experiment that is based on false promises and flawed science just to benefit the “bottom line of a commercial enterprise,” said Don Huber, referring to the North American “experiment” with glyphosate and genetically modified crops... http://www.producer.com/2012/12/scientist-raises-concerns-about-gm-crops-and-glyphosate/

 

THE GLOBAL CHEMICAL BIOTECH CARTEL - AN UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER WORLD GOOD SUPPLY http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1716244040/the-global-chemical-biotech-cartel-an-unprecedented-power-over-world-agriculture-and-human-health

 

Strong report from pediatricians: PESTICIDES HARM CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT:  Bad for adult brains, too  http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3718938235/strong-report-from-pediatricians-pesticides-harm-children-s-development-bad-for-adult-brains-too

 

KAISER PERMANENTE HEALTH CARE GIANT:  GMOs ARE DEVASTATING TO HEALTH http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3516558273/top-us-healthcare-giant-gmos-are-devastating-health

 

CANCER OF CORRUPTION, SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION: THE MONSANTO GMO WHITEWASH | Global Research December 19, 2012 http://www.globalresearch.ca/stench-of-eu-corruption-in-monsanto-gmo-whitewash/5316294

 

FALSE PROMISES: MEET THE WEEDS THAT MONSANTO'S POISONS CAN'T BEAT - The Guardian Environment, Dec 21, 2012  - Tom Philpott -

Instead of the supposed revolution in agriculture that Monsato's GM seeds were meant to bring, the opposite effect has occurred – a gigantic rise in herbicide/pesticide use
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/21/weeds-monsato-cant-beat

 

PESTICIDE USE INCREASES AS GMO TECHNOLOGY BACKFIRES | Wake Up World http://wakeup-world.com/2012/12/09/pesticide-use-increases-as-gmo-technology-backfires/

 

BENBROOK STUDY ON GM CROPS AND PESTICIDES http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2664441577/benbrook-study-on-gm-crops-and-pesticides

 

 

 VIDEOS FOR YOU TO WATCH:

 

--  THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONANTO (FULL LENGTH) THE LEADER OF THE GLOBAL BIOTECH CARTEL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6_DbVdVo-k

--  THE FUTURE OF FOOD PART 2 Vandana Shiva http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/951852556/the-future-of-food-part-2-vandana-shiva

--  "FOOD INC." (2008) The stranglehold on our food supply by corporate conglomerates ?http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3732889325/watch-again-food-inc-2008-and-obama-usda-promote-and-foster-this

--  "GENETIC ROULETTE" The Gamble of Our Lives http://youtu.be/wnlTYFKBg18

--  AN SYSTEM BASED ON PROFITS IS UNSUSTAINABLE ....Vandana Shiva on Industrial Agriculture http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1614565249/a-system-based-on-profits-is-unsustainable-vandana-shiva-on-industrial-agriculture

--  "SEEDING DEEP DEMOCRACY" - Vandana Shiva http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1054461972/seeding-deep-democracy-vandana-shiva

--  UNITED NATIONS: WHY GM CROPS ARE NOT THE SOLUTION? http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1228040300/united-nations-why-are-gm-crops-not-the-solution


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Consumerism and the Family Farm

Consumerism and the Family Farm | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

The family farm is all but disappearing from the American landscape—and with it a unique and vital breed: the independent farmer.

"... The consumer ... wants a plentiful supply of everything any time of year. You do that by genetically breeding apples that are a little bit harder, don’t bruise, and are a little bit shinier. Nature is not forgiving, however, so it’s also going to be a bit less juicy and a bit less tasty. Then you’re going to have to dip it in some type of fungicide before you ship it 3,000 miles. In addition, to produce the apple at prices you need in order to survive, you might have to use a chemical so it falls off earlier and is far cheaper to pick. And suddenly it is no longer a natural apple. ..."


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Réorienter d'urgence l'agriculture française

Réorienter d'urgence l'agriculture française | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Les crises sociales, environnementales, sanitaires et économiques que traverse notre société sont connues, mais leur dimension alimentaire et agricole n'est pas toujours mise en lumière :...

http://lemonde.fr/idees/article/2012/02/24/reorienter-d-urgence-l-agriculture-francaise_1647752_3232.html 

- Le Monde.fr

 

 


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How Do We Produce More Food, While Taking Care of the Planet?

How Do We Produce More Food, While Taking Care of the Planet? | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
How do we create a “food future” where we’re not only seeing enough food produced, but we’re seeing it produced on less land, with less degradation of resources?

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Urban Farming as a Successful Business | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Farming as a Successful Business | Sustainable Cities Collective | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Currently urban farming is a popular trend but it is not yet significantly changing the way we grow and eat. As we farm locally using sustainable/organic techniques we'll be reducing our carbon foodprint and eating better food.

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