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Michigan's Governor Dissolves State Food Policy Council as MSU Looks to Build Local Council Network

January 25, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Michigan Food Policy and Support

The Michigan Food Policy Council was created in 2005 with the task of bringing together stakeholders across the state interested in improving the food environment in Michigan. The council worked with a variety of urban and rural community groups, providing direct support to farmers as well.[read more]

Designing with Nature: Insights for Drought Resilience and Carbon in Elqui Valley, Chile

January 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Design and Natural Integration

Measures taken in cities to improve their adaptation to drought and for carbon sequestration are usually based on an efficient use of water and energy. But nature and rural areas near cities can provide key ideas to address these issues which are more in line with local needs and nature.[read more]

Farm-to-School Program Brings Fresh and Local to Riverside, California School District

January 23, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farm-to-School and Student Health

In the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California students enjoy access to locally-sourced salad bars and experiential learning opportunities in agriculture and nutrition. Much of this success has been spearheaded by Rodney Taylor, Director of Nutrition Services for Riverside Unified School District.[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]

Indiana Local Food Startup Breaks Into Major Chain Stores With Frozen Food

January 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Production and Chain Stores

Nick Carter, Adam Moody, and Chris Baggott came together a couple of years ago to invest in a processing facility in Greenfield, Indiana. Husk grows market share in the local frozen food market through a combination of entrepreneurial know-how and the power of social media.[read more]

Why Cities are the Solution to Climate Change: A Q&A with Ani Dasgupta

January 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and Climate Change

Ani Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015 conference, designed to learn more about the unique solutions cities can offer to combat climate change, boost economic prosperity, and catalyze smart urbanization.[read more]

From Farm to Fork and Back Again: New California Law Seeks to Close Food Waste Loop

January 20, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Food Waste Legislation

California’s regulations governing organic food waste became more stringent on September 28, 2014, as Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826 into law. The law requires commercial generators of food waste to have it composted or transformed to energy via anaerobic digestion.[read more]

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The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron

January 19, 2015 by JL Morin
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Is Sustainable Economic Growth Possible?

We do a lot without thinking, like using GDP growth as a standard of excellence. Most 21st century activity is based on a ‘given’ that underpins the soft science of economics: 'Growth is good' -- not just a big assumption, a wrong assumption. Is sustainable economic growth an oxymoron?[read more]

5 Native Tribal Organizations Reviving the Sustainable Agriculture Tradition

January 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

The Tradition of Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture techniques were practiced for thousands of years in North America by Native Americans. Today, health problems and loss of ancestral knowledge are common in many tribal communities. Sustainable farming helps tribes to get back to their roots while addressing these problems.[read more]

How to Tell a Compelling (Tree) Story

January 18, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Making Trees Compelling

We spill a lot of ink on this blog on topics like policy, history, research, and opinion as they relate to green infrastructure. But where trees are concerned, sometimes it’s before and after photos that tell the most compelling story. Pictures document change in a completely different way than words ever can.[read more]

Food Sovereignty: Politics and Veggies in Cape Town

January 18, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Food and Politics in Cape Town

The open farmlands and wetlands in the Philippi area of the Cape Flats have become contested territory. This is the last remaining piece of an area that has been regarded as Cape Town’s vegetable patch all the way since the late 1800s time period.[read more]

Women in Food: Maria Topitzer Follows Grandmother's Path to Farming in Western Massachusetts

January 17, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Growing Food in Western Massachusetts

Maria Topitzer, the owner and proprietor of Lyonsville Farm in Colrain, Massachusetts, comes from a family of farmers. Her grandmother grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and Topitzer has idyllic childhood memories of visiting her great grandmother there.[read more]