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The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Food Desert or Breadbasket?

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” you wouldn't think food security would pose a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as food deserts.[read more]

New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

October 30, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

E-Waste and Recycling

You just upgraded the office’s computers, and have a bunch of towers and monitors that you’d like to recycle. It’s tempting to get online and go with the cheapest e-waste recycling service you can find, right? But unless you’re diligent, you don’t know what they’ll do with that e-waste once they pick it up.[read more]

Nine Technology Tools for Localizing the Food System

October 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Localizing Food via Tech

It seems that to purchase locally-produced foods, one must go to the nearest farm stand or visit the local farmers’ market. It may seem that the big-box grocery store is an embedded part of modern life, technology increasingly is empowering the buying and selling of local foods on an larger-than-ever scale.[read more]

Five Farms Pushing the Boundaries of Indoor Agriculture

October 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

Indoor farms are the new and innovative way to grow greens. Modern indoor farms are quite large and filled with state-of-the-art technologies – they aren’t the tiny greenhouses of yesteryear. We’ve rounded up five indoor farms to give you a taste of what the most innovative growing organizations are producing.[read more]

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Cities Should Provide Children with More Opportunities for Play to Counter Health, Social Problems

October 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Play is not only vital, but providing facilities encourages families to move to a city.

An appeal has been made for cities to make more space for children to play in order not just to counter the many health, learning and social problems that are due to today's kids playing less than people's generations, but to make cities themselves more attractive and safe places for young families to move to.[read more]

The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 25, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Importance of Water

Drinking water is good for you. Duh! Yes, we all know that water is vital to maintaining health, and even life itself; if asked to name the health benefits of water beyond “maintaining health and life itself,” though, most of us might find ourselves stumped.[read more]

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco's Homeless 'Epidemic?'

October 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Homeless

People step over the homeless wearing shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved.[read more]

Local Food Hub Works on Getting Beyond Commodity Corn in The Hoosier State

October 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Hub in Indiana

That sweet corn at your nearest supermarket chain probably was not grown locally. In all likelihood, neither were the green beans, lettuce or apples. Husk is trying to change that. With headquarters in Indiana, the startup is aiming to make sure locally-produced food at supermarkets and not just farmers’ markets.[read more]

A Vision for Public Food Production

October 24, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Public Food Production

We are increasingly concerned about the provenance of our food. Movements supporting local food production, urban agriculture, and more socially-equitable food systems have gained increasing traction over the last decade. Meanwhile, our industrial food systems are increasingly vulnerable.[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil Street Markets Celebrate 100 Years

October 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sao Paulo Street Markets

On August 25th, 2014 we celebrated 100 years of the formal existence of street markets in São Paulo, a true cultural heritage of the city. The date refers to the first regulation of this activity in the capital, Act 710, signed by Mayor Washington Luis in 1914.[read more]

Food Waste Facts in the UK [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 23, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Waste Facts

Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too. And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main idea behind it involves global food issues.[read more]

Uphill Cycling a Breeze Thanks to This City's Bike Escalator

October 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Escalators

Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable.[read more]