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Tech Tools for Food Hubs: Oregon Firm Builds Sustainability Through Software

Food Sustainability and Software

Local Food Marketplace provides a software platform for food hubs that allows them to reach customers, aggregate production and compete with traditional distribution. “We help food hubs from the planning process to figuring out what their availability will be on a weekly basis,” says founder Amy McCann.[read more]

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WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development

September 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

A Signpost to One Planet Living

By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF.[read more]

Why You Should Worry: Five Unhappy Truths about the U.S. Food System

September 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food System Problems and Risks

The convergence of processed foods, chemically intensive farming and a gas-guzzling supply chain have created a food system in the United States that would have seemed fantastical—and quite possibly nightmarish—to folks who lived in this country just a century ago.[read more]

Missouri Program Brings Fresh Food to Regional Pantries, One Seed Pack at a Time

September 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Seeds and Fresh Food

Grow Well Missouri has taken a simple concept – distributing seeds to people who visit a local food pantry – and started a mini-fresh food revolution. The program originated from the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security at the University of Missouri.[read more]

LA Startup Brings Custom Farming Service to Homes, Businesses

September 27, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Urban Farming

Farmscape Gardens is California’s largest urban farming company, bringing edible gardens to residential and commercial customers alike. The sustainability focused company has reached over three-hundred clients since its inception back in 2009.[read more]

Urban Farming Co. Takes Aquaponic Farming to Europe's Rooftops

September 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

European Rooftop Farming

UrbanFarmers is on a mission to bring commercial-grade urban farming to consumers hungry for fresh locally-grown produce, and it’s doing so from the rooftops. Based in Zürich, Switzerland, the company offers a brand of rooftop-based and modular growing systems using aquaponics.[read more]

Hive Farm Proposes Plug and Play Vertical Farming

September 24, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Verticle Farming Innovation

While the interest in the prospects of Vertical Farming have picked up over the last few years with the topic finding its way into more articles and design competitions, we have yet to see a corresponding surge in prototypes going into construction.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez
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Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

Composting: The Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes and Other Places?

September 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
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Composting and Invasive Species

As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short.[read more]

KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri

September 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Kansas City

Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead more active and healthier lifestyles.[read more]

City of Lexington, Kentucky Hires Former White House Staffer as First Local Food Coordinator

September 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Coordination

The City of Lexington, Kentucky has initiated a new local foods program as part of its economic development efforts. Tapped to manage this new initiative is Lexington native Ashton Potter Wright, who has served as local food coordinator for Mayor Jim Gray’s office since the first week of June.[read more]

Women in Food: Natasha Lantz Helps Build Food Co-op in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

September 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Natasha Lantz

In 2003, Natasha Lantz became a member and started volunteering at the Marquette Food Co-op, a store that sells locally-produced food in Marquette, Michigan, in the state’s Upper Peninsula. Now, she serves as the organization’s outreach director.[read more]