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Chicago hearts urban agriculture [VIDEO]

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With new laws on the books and an airport garden in the works, Chicago is embracing its leafy greens.

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Rick Passo's curator insight, March 15, 2013 12:32 PM

Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel? He seems to be giving progressives, particularly food progressives, a bit more to chew on. He’s committed to addressing the city’s many food deserts (although perhaps with too much help from Walmart). Chicago public schoolscontinue to find creative ways to improve school food. And significantly, when Emmanuel came into office, he declared that he would end restrictions on urban agriculture, which the city zoning laws had in a legal gray zone.

Earlier this month, thanks to Emmanuel’s backing, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance officially legalizing urban ag and allowing growers to sell what they produce. It’s the latest in a series of ag-friendly zoning changes taking place around the U.S. — in cities like San Francisco, Kansas City, and Seattle.

Erika Allen, head of the Chicago branch of her father Will Allen’s urban agriculture organization Growing Power, explained the importance of the new law to Crain’s Chicago Business magazine:

It legitimizes urban agriculture as an enterprise or a business that hasn’t been on the books before. Chicago always had farms within the city limits, but the new ordinance creates a space where we can begin to create economic opportunities within our communities, especially in areas where food deserts are a direct result of unemployment and little economic opportunity.

These policies are needed so we can legally operate urban farms and community gardens with parameters around where they can and can’t be located. I’ve been in a leadership role in the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council since 2001, and I can tell you that you don’t know there are barriers to urban farming unless you’re trying to operate a business where there’s a need in the community.

I love the argument extolling the benefits of pulling urban ag out from the gray market economy and increasing the tax base while creating jobs. And you get stuff to eat, too! Bonus!

 

http://grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-09-23-chicago-gives-urban-agriculture-a-hug/

 

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Securing future food supply for the developing world

Securing future food supply for the developing world | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, awarded $10 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve crop yield of the cassava plant

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Pesticides in your food? Don't worry, says USDA : Business

Pesticides in your food? Don't worry, says USDA : Business | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
But the government didn't test for residues of glyphosate, saying that was too expensive.

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Restaurants move way beyond local and organic, get serious about carbon

Restaurants move way beyond local and organic, get serious about carbon | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
How green can restaurants really go? A couple of new contenders aim to find out.
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Luis A. Trujillo Paz's curator insight, December 18, 12:23 PM

Restaurantero, voltea a lo orgánico y saludable.

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Vending Machines Go Farm Fresh - Modern Farmer

Vending Machines Go Farm Fresh  - Modern Farmer | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Vending machines are becoming more than just a way to sell coffee, cigarettes, cola and candy.
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SmartGreens: Canada's First Upstart Farmers

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Prototypical incubator transforms plastic waste into edible mushroom cuisine (Video)

Prototypical incubator transforms plastic waste into edible mushroom cuisine (Video) | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Is this the future of food -- eating mushrooms that have been fed with plastic waste?
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Sea Salt with 90 Trace Minerals & Nutrients in 2 Glass Bottles Your Choice of Mixes - Matcha, Rosemary, Sichuan, Citrus Blends

Sea Salt with 90 Trace Minerals & Nutrients in 2 Glass Bottles Your Choice of  Mixes - Matcha, Rosemary, Sichuan, Citrus Blends | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A full 3+ ounces of our Gold Sea Salt in a decorative glass storage vessel (supplies limited to stock on hand of various glass containers, round
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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 14, 8:50 AM

Best kind of salt for you.

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Man celebrates his new 'eat more kale' trademark

Man celebrates his new 'eat more kale' trademark | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chick-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale" — similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin" — has won his legal battle.
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[Full Video] Parsley in ZipGrow towers - YouTube

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11 Farms Worth Watching

11 Farms Worth Watching | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The use of live sales to reduce labor costs and benefit local farms is a reality. Learn how these farmers are using vertical farming to transform the food industry by being farms worth watching.
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Plant your kitchen garden in your kitchen with this countertop LED grow unit

Plant your kitchen garden in your kitchen with this countertop LED grow unit | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The latest entry into the indoor "smart" garden market features advanced LED lighting which mimics natural light patterns for faster growth cycles.
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A Focus on Health

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We have been using all of our tools and products to get to a better state.  As we grow older, it is becoming increasingly evident that if we can control what we put into our bodies, we can help our...
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We will have for sale this week our line of seasoned salts made with the finest sea solids providing you with the full spectrum of trace minerals while providing exceptional enhanced tastes while using less salt !!!   watch for our announcement later this week 

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On the Sixth Day... "6 Things to Consider When Starting a Vertical Farm"

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The Unsung Story of the Chinese and Japanese Immigrants Who Brought Rice to California

The Unsung Story of the Chinese and Japanese Immigrants Who Brought Rice to California | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The tumultous tale of a multibillion-dollar industry
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This Floating, Water-Filtering Greenhouse Is Designed To Grow Food In Overcrowded Cities

This Floating, Water-Filtering Greenhouse Is Designed To Grow Food In Overcrowded Cities | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The Jellyfish Barge doesn't take up space on land, and instead of using valuable freshwater, the hydroponic system filters the polluted water it's...
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Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops

Corn, watermelon, and peaches were unrecognizable 8,000 years ago.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 26, 4:16 PM

Important history for gardeners. 

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The Surreal Sci-Fi Farms That Grow Most of Our Food | WIRED

The Surreal Sci-Fi Farms That Grow Most of Our Food | WIRED | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
According to the creation narrative, God made green plants on the third day, an idea that inspired the title of Henrik Spohler‘s project, The Third Day. His series documents industrial agriculture’s obsession with monoculture and large-scale farming across Europe and the US. The title isn’t a religious reference, but instead intended to comment on how we now play creator, conquering and manipulating plants in “unnatural” ways.
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The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too

The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
As well as being masters of water engineering, the Romans also engaged in a long distance trade in water across the Mediterranean - embodied in grain, oil, wine, cloth, metals and other goods. They also discovered the food-water-energy nexus - and not in a good way. We need to heed the warnings from Roman history.

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an extremely important discussion ... water is a primary resource that our civilization CANNOT do without ... now with the added pressure from fracking, the clock is ticking faster ...  can modern ag tech help ... we must adopt efficient use of water rather than attempting to produce cheap food at the expense of our very existence ...

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SmartGreens: Canada's First Upstart Farmers

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Organic-Farming Boom Stretches Certification System

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USDA Farms Out Inspections, but Thoroughness Is Questioned

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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, December 12, 12:03 AM

Der Boom im Ökolandbau in führt zu Problemen im Zertifizierungssystem

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BayBerry Fresh: An Innovative Vertical Farm in Ft. Collins - YouTube

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Healthy Food in Your Community: A Toolkit for Policy Change

Healthy Food in Your Community: A Toolkit for Policy Change | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Learn how to navigate the food policy system and join in efforts to make healthy, affordable food part of your community's landscape.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, December 9, 10:47 PM

A fascinating tutorial on becoming more food self-sufficient and how to "navigate the food policy system" to guarantee fresh food for your community.  The ideas presented here are workable.  All we need is the political will to make them happen.  Other communities have taken the challenge--why not Hawaii?  Aloha, Russ.

Amir Stephenson's curator insight, December 10, 4:41 AM

Healthier options will be added to the menu.

Mari-Lyn Harris's curator insight, December 12, 1:28 AM

There is a meeting in Hayward Dec 15,2014

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Local Greens

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Leading a farming revolution!
Water Friendly Local Lettuce Farming
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Help Local Greens Expand ...

Help Local Greens Expand ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Our Bay Area grower, Local Greens is trying to meet the unprecedented demand for their fresh and live foods in their marketplace. As people experience the difference between Local Greens produce and...
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Drugs in the environment affect plant growth

Drugs in the environment affect plant growth | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
By assessing the impacts of a range of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, research has shown that the growth of edible crops can be affected by these chemicals -- even at the very low concentrations found in the environment. The research focused its analysis on lettuce and radish plants and tested the effects of several commonly prescribed drugs, including diclofenac and ibuprofen. These drugs are among the most common and widely used group of pharmaceuticals, with more than 30 million presc
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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 8, 8:47 AM

Interesting problem???