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Health & Nutrition

You Are What You Eat – And So Is a City

January 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Fancy mopane worms & caterpillars cooked with chillis?

What happens to traditional local food cultures when urban life steers us towards food that is quick to get hold of (no more hours of slaving over the stove), tasty (packed with sugars, fats and salts that tickle the pleasure centre in the brain) and cheap?[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]

American Footpower: Birth of A Movement for Healthier and Happier Lives

January 21, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces
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Americans and Walking

Big steps toward making it easier for Americans to walk. A movement is being launched across America to encourage more people to walk and to make our communities more walkable, and there are clear signs that more people are walking.[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]

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]

Santa Cruz Modular Hydroponics Entrepreneur Moves From Bathtub to Business

January 16, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Hydroponics Business

For Nick Halmos, CEO of Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, urban agriculture has meant a passionate pursuit of innovation. Halmos can thank climate change for spurring his interest in urban agriculture well over a decade ago, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on global climate.[read more]

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High Alert for Environmental Threats in World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 Report

January 15, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Today marks the release of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 report. While international conflict tops the list of concerns, the experts whose opinions were solicited rated environmental risks more prominently than economic ones, including water shortages, climate change and fast urbanization.[read more]

Transport and Health: Walking is Going Places

January 15, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces
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Walking and Urban Transit

Walking is going places. What was once humans’ most common pastime, which had been forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort, is now being recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst, and possibly even a route to happiness.[read more]

OmniProcessor Makes Drinking Water From Sewage

January 14, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Waste and Clean Water Access

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is more precious than gold. Either there is no waste water infrastructure or, if there is, the process is so basic it does little to nothing to treat the waste effectively. Much of it just gets dumped into the nearest river or ocean.[read more]