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Women in Food: Journalist Jane Black Looks for ‘Solutions’

September 13, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Solutions

 

As writer of the Smarter Food column for the Washington Post, among many other outlets, Jane Black has been a prolific journalist on topics of food, food politics, and sustainable agriculture. She has made it her career to broaden the discussion around the creation of a more sustainable food system.[read more]

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How Singapore and Japan are Feeding Cities with Low Carbon Indoor Farms

September 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jack Ng, founder of Sky Urban Solutions

Dramatically reduced energy use in a water-powered vertical farm. 7,000 lettuces per square meter per year. How Singapore and Japan are leading the way in urban, indoor agriculture.[read more]

New Mexico Food Hub Looks to Grow Economy, Preserve Agricultural Tradition

September 11, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Mexico Food and Tradition

Agriculture has been a way of life in New Mexico for centuries. The communal irrigation canals, oracequias, and the lands they water have been passed down by family farmers generation after generation. Today, New Mexico is returning to its agricultural roots as a way to revitalize its cities.[read more]

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Launch of the international Centre for Urban Agriculture in Nottingham

September 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

Location of the new Centre

The Centre for Urban Agriculture is a new initiative in Nottingham University, a partnership with its academic collaborators in China and Malaysia, set up to address the issue of food security and urban agriculture, launched at the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture yesterday.[read more]

Can Local, Urban Agriculture Scale? Chicago Hydroponics Farm Says 'Yes'

September 10, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Scaling Urban Agriculture

Sustainable growing methods are actually part of the very fiber of Urban Till’s operations, but the Chicago-based hydroponics farm isn’t an outgrowth of the organic food movement. In fact, it actually has roots in the traditional food industry.[read more]

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The Nine Challenges to Food Security That Threaten Our Ability to Feed the Cities

September 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Food Don't Waste It - US FDA poster 1917.

In my second post arising from the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture being held yesterday and today at Nottingham University, I report on professor of ecology, Tim Benton, University of Leeds, work on addressing the food security challenges facing us. How will we feed the cities in the future?[read more]

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Urban Agriculture – A Next Big Thing for Cities

September 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dickson Despommier at the conference.

Dickson Despommier sees the growth of urban and vertical farming as exponential. This is an account of his presentation at the Vertical Farming and Urban Growing conference in Nottingham, today.[read more]

Young Leaders in Ag: Tyson Gersh Blends Ag Innovation With Passion For Social Justice

September 7, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Agriculture and Social Justice

Tyson Gersh works out of a rustic office in a rehabbed building overlooking a majestic urban garden in Detroit. The farm bursts with an abundance of organically grown herbs and vegetables. A nonprofit called the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative oversees the field. Gersh is its president.[read more]

The New Is Well Forgotten Old: Scandinavian Vernacular Experience on Biodiverse Green Roofs

September 6, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Scandinavia and Green Roofs

Green roofs are becoming more popular around the globe and are considered to be a very progressive landscape design devise in urban areas. The green roof has become fashionable, it's considered as one of the “compulsory” sustainable buildings features and an important part of urban green infrastructure.[read more]

High Growth: 11 Urban Rooftop Farms Across America

September 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Roof Farming

As urban populations grow and the demand for local food rises, agricultural innovators see opportunity atop the roofs of city buildings. Much of this space is devoted to outdoor gardens, but rooftop greenhouses are also sprouting up in cities with cold climates.[read more]

Renewable Natural Gas: Turning Waste into Energy [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 1, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Renewable natural gas.

For those of us on a more human time frame, the methane and other gases emitted from decomposing organic matter work just as well as the stuff you have to frack out of the ground… and, as you can see in the infographic below, create all sorts of opportunities to deal with wastes more efficiently, and to even create a few jobs.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]