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Green roofs are getting a lot of credit for providing environmental benefits. They have been found to reduce storm water runoff from buildings, conserve energy, restore fragile ecosystems and beautify urban spaces.
The backyard garden is in vogue right now. If you'd like to grow a few veggies yourself but your backyard soil isn't conducive to keep anything other than crabgrass alive you can start your urban homesteading efforts with a bag garden.
According to the Vertical Farm Project, by the year 2050 the earth’s human population will have increased by around 3 billion, and 80% will reside in urban centers. The project estimates 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than the area of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today.
The man behind this project, Dr. Dickson Despommier, believes the answer is simple – farm vertically. Former Columbia professor Dr. Despommier (microbiology and public health in environmental health sciences), widely considered the “father” of Vertical Farming, has travelled the world advising governments and advocating for solutions to environmental problems. I spoke to him from his home in New Jersey. The interview was scheduled to run for around 30 minutes, however we spoke for over an hour and a half. The text below is an edited version of this conversation. His enthusiasm and drive is infectious, and in an already overcrowded, overheating world, what he had to say seems to make a lot of sense.
The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
Marni Baker Stein, a mother of three children who attend the Lillian Weber School for the Arts (P.S. 84) on the Upper West Side, had discussed the best use of the school’s rooftop courtyard with other parents before.
What can American businesses learn from Singapore's open-air markets?
Singapore's humble hawker centers—open-air markets filled with food stalls, each one specializing in a particular dish or cuisine—produce what is arguably the tastiest (and cheapest) food in the country. And according to The Layover host and frequent Singapore visitor Anthony Bourdain, American entrepreneurs would be wise to study their business model.
"Food courts in America are bad things—owned by no one, with food that comes from nowhere," Bourdain said at a recent media lunch in New York City, sponsored by the Singapore Tourism Board. He contrasted chain-heavy U.S. food court denizens with the Singaporean version: largely mom-and-pop operations that do one thing really well, whether it's laksa, nasi goreng, satay, or ice kachang. The stalls are tightly regulated, subsidized, and have relatively low overhead costs, which make it possible for small business owners to thrive.
"This is an example to emulate and a paradise to me," says Bourdain. "Imagine knocking off for lunch and choosing from 20 or 30 specialists for cheap, healthy, real fast food, which even at its worst, is far better than the options we have here."
All of the links in the African food security chain require greater coordination between the scientists, policy makers, financiers, farmers and businessmen involved in the sector as prices rise and African production stagnates .
Dream to Farm aims to encourage local farmersSW Iowa NewsThe class begins on May 30 and costs $39, a price greatly reduced thanks to an almost $17000 grant from the Iowa State University Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
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