• Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation Through Urban Agriculture

    March 05, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    BAGUIO CITY ,Philippines – Urban agriculture is being proposed in Baguio City and other cities around the country to ensure food security and combat climate change. According to Dr. Corazon Abansi, a faculty member of the University of the Philippines-Baguio Institute of Management graduate school, “any city should look at the option of urban agriculture.”
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  • Integrated Urban Agricultural Systems

    March 02, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    On Monday January 30th, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held a public meeting at Suffolk University, halfway between the State House and City Hall, to change the Boston zoning laws to allow for agriculture throughout the city, making it easier for local residents to grow and sell fresh, healthy, foods in Boston and the greater Boston Metropolitan Area. Nearly 300 people attended. Boston currently has about 150 community gardens serving 3000 gardeners, the highest per capita of any US city. Now the city is trying to figure out how to change zoning to increase urban agriculture beyond gardening and household use into businesses and economic development.
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  • Land Spreading Out, but Not So Far and Wide

    March 01, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    More than a century ago, many universities created extension departments expressly to help farmers improve their crops. Over the years, these departments have broadened, with farming still taught but sometimes overshadowed by classes covering every corner of the sciences and humanities.
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  • Gardening Could Stave Off Alzheimer’s

    February 28, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Gardening, cooking and group discussions could arrest the development of dementia, according to researchers. They say doing structured activities with others has been shown to improve sufferers’ memory and quality of life “consistently”. The claim follows analysis of 15 studies of elderly people with mild to moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
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  • Vancouver Urban Farm Sites Face Hurdles Due to Soil Contamination

    February 24, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    A Downtown Eastside urban farming enterprise must clear several regulatory hurdles before it can begin growing crops on three city-owned sites, due to soil contamination. Two of the three sites approved for $1 per year leases to SOLEfood are former Petro Canada filling stations, both of which have been vacant for 10 years. The three sites total 2.2 acres.
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  • Government of Canada Supports the Organic Grain Industry in Quebec

    February 20, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Milan, Quebec, February 20, 2012 - Canada's Economic Action Plan is delivering support for Canada’s organic grain industry to improve its competitiveness. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced a federal government investment for La Meunerie Milanaise to help it double its processing capacity and automate its packaging line.
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  • Chilliwack to Host Organic Conference Later this Month

    February 14, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Social justice and participatory farming practices are in focus at a conference coming up later this month in Chilliwack. The annual conference of Certified Organic Association of BC is set for Feb. 24 to Feb. 26 at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn in Chilliwack. “We have a wonderful line-up of speakers from all aspects of the organic farming community,” said Mary Forstbauer, a Chilliwack organic farmer, and president of COABC.
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  • The World's First Plantagon Greenhouse for Urban Agriculture Breaks Ground in Sweden

    February 09, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The first Plantagon Greenhouse breaks ground. A new type of greenhouse for vertical farming, an international Centre of Excellence for Urban Agriculture, a demo-plant for Swedish clean-tech and a climate-smart way to use excess heating and CO2 from industries. The potential is tremendous and ambitions high for the new greenhouse being built in Linköping, Sweden, near the regional energy company, Tekniska Verken. Not least, it will be a new landmark for the people in Linköping to enjoy.
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  • Public Needs Farm Education, Says Federation

    February 07, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The Federation of Agriculture told farmers at its annual meeting that it's up to them to educate the public on locally-grown food that ends up on the dinner table. "Today, 94 per cent of Canadians say they know little or nothing about where their food comes from,” said Crystal MacKay, who heads a farm advocacy group called Farm & Food Care Ontario.
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  • Growing Forward: Harvesting Success

    February 06, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Québec City, Quebec, February 6, 2012 - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), and Pierre Corbeil, ministre de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation, ministre responsable des régions de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-du-Québec et député d'Abitibi-Est, issued a positive assessment of achievements in Quebec since 2008 resulting from the federal-provincial-territorial initiative Growing Forward.
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