This video shows the organizations and people involved with Walter Bracken's Green Apple Day of Service. Students, teachers, parents, community members donated a Saturday to clean the campus and construct gardens for the school.
Rooftop gardens, edible schoolyards, community gardening in vacant lots and corporate gardens—urban agriculture of all sizes and forms is spreading across the country. Urban farms not only improve food access and nutrition of city residents, but also offer the promise of improving cityscapes, building social cohesion and enabling economic growth. Yet there is little hard evidence to quantify the extent of these benefits and make the case for scaling up urban farming.
The Gates Foundation has sunk $15 million into developing GMO 'super bananas' with high levels of pre-Vitamin A, writes Adam Breasley. But the project is using 'stolen' genes from a Micronesian banana cultivar. And what exactly is the point, when delicious, popular, nutritious 'red bananas' rich in caroteinoids are already grown around the tropics?
Our modern fruits, grains and vegetables aren't nearly as nutrition-packed as their wild counterparts were thousands of years ago, says health writer Jo Robinson. Her new book offers advice on how to shop the produce aisle to select for foods that offer the best nutritional bang for the bite.