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Agriculture & Food

Detroit Produce Peddlers: Delivering Fresh Food on Two Wheels

Mobile Detroit Produce

While Detroit’s urban farming movement has been generating excitement for more than a decade, the city’s bicycling scene has been turning heads lately as well. Over the past few years, new bike lanes have sprung up on Motown’s streets and cyclists have shown up in the thousands for mass rides[read more]

Growing in the Far North: Spring Creek Farm Cultivates Produce and Education in Alaska

Far North Farming

Spring Creek Farm, founded by Louise Kellogg, houses Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus in Palmer, Alaska. “The goal was to create a campus for the University, a very small one,” says Steve Rubinstein, the director of APU’s graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education.[read more]

Midwest Nonprofit Gives Voice to Women Farmers

Farmers and Support

Bridget Holcomb, newly appointed executive director of the non-profit Women, Food & Agriculture, has always been interested in issues concerning sustainability. For her, it’s a no brainer that the current generation needs to live sustainably to improve the lives of future generations.[read more]

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That Sinking Feeling: The Coastal Cities Doomed to Disappear Beneath the Waves

August 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bangkok under water.

Not only are global sea levels rising (at 3 mm per year) due to climate change but ground levels in some coastal megacities are simultaneously falling, and the most vulnerable areas are located on deltas. In some cases subsidence outstrips sea level rise by a factor of ten to one.[read more]

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How a Community Garden Can Be A Catalyst that Can Change A City

August 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vetch Veg, Swansea

How do you change the mindsets and attitudes of officials who have their own fixed ways of doing things, set in stone when they themselves were trained? And how do you get a community that is not used to thinking for itself to take responsibility for developments in its own neighbourhood? Aren't these the greatest challenges to sustainability?[read more]

Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

How Much Do You Know About Cape Town's Surrounding Farmland?

August 9, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Farm Land

Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa.[read more]

Six Powerhouse Food Policy Councils Driving Local Food in Cities

Local Food Policy Influence

There are now food policy councils in every state across the U.S., tasked with bringing diverse stakeholders together towards the creation of policies and laws that help develop the economic, environmental, and social infrastructure that makes up a local food system.[read more]

Women in Food: Journalist Tracie McMillan Explores Crossroads Of Food And Poverty

Food and Poverty

Over the past few years, journalist Tracie McMillan has carved out a space to talk about food in a way that is not discussed with any frequency in mainstream media sources, namely, how it relates to the lives of various working-class and poor people.[read more]

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Payback Time: Where ex-Mafia Land is Used to Grow Organic Food and Reclaim a Sustainable Way of Life

August 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making wine the traditional way.

The City to City Barcelona FAD Awards are for outstanding projects that have a positive and transforming effect on cities and their inhabitants. The Libera Terra project in Sicily uses land confiscated from the Mafia to grow organic food and reclaim traditional, sustainable ways of life.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban Serious?

August 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the Green Building Council’s Green Star SA Credits. This voluntary system was inspired by the 2002 Australian Green Star tool and has been in effect since 2007.[read more]

Five Urban Farms Tackling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Farms and the Prison Pipeline

The impact of the school-to prison pipeline in the United States is stark: zero-tolerance policies in struggling school districts result in many students, mainly low-income African American males being incarcerated at high rates, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.[read more]