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Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

Robert Bullard: "Equity Can’t Be Left Out"

November 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Sustainability

True sustainability is a three-legged stool, said Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the fathers of environmental justice movement, at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver. It rests on environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and equity. However, equity, Bullard believes, is still too often left out.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: The Health Impacts of Transport Emissions

November 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China, Transportation, and Air Pollution

Air quality is one of many tragic social and environmental issues China has faced during its rapid urbanization and motorization. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that only 4.1% of the 74 surveyed cities met the new standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.[read more]

From Vacant Lot to Garden Spot: LA-Based Nonprofit Greens Up Blighted Land

November 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing Blighted Urban Land

Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots of green space and parkland. According to founder Viviana Franco, they have spearheaded several urban and community garden initiatives throughout Southern California.[read more]

California Creates Farm-To-Fork Office, Passes Legislation Promoting Local Food Access

November 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Food Legislation

This past September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed seven pieces of legislation in honor of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork week, an annual event that celebrates locally produced foods and promotes getting it into the hands of local consumers.[read more]

Protecting Watersheds As We Grow Our Cities and Towns

November 19, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Watershed Protection

We do not actually have to choose between things like a growing population and healthy economy on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment on the other. We really, truly can have it both ways. The only thing is that we need to be very smart about it.[read more]

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Markets

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from bankruptcy.[read more]

The Dumpster Dive Cafe:: How One 'Chain' Feeds People with Waste Food

November 16, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Dumpster Diving and Food Waste

The idea of feeding people struggling to make ends meet through a “pay what you can” model isn’t new, but a group of catering professionals and activists in the United Kingdom have taken this model one step further in an attempt to reduce food waste.[read more]

The Chicago Restaurant that Produces No Waste [VIDEO]

November 15, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Industry Waste Control

I know I’ve said this about other industries, but it is really hard to imagine a zero-waste restaurant. From food trimmings and packaging coming out of the kitchen to the paper napkins that one finds in the front of quick service establishments, a trash can seem critical to running this kind of business.[read more]

Urban Gardening Builds Strong, Cohesive Communities

November 14, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Gardening and Community

CNN recently described Cape Town, South Africa as being in the midst of a “vegoultion,” with hundreds of new community gardens and urban farms popping up throughout the city in recent years. The city’s “Green Clusters” are helping to improve the local environment while providing important social benefits.[read more]

Why Our City Makes Us Fat and Sick

November 12, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Health

The reality of a Thembisa mother is such: she travels sometimes five hours a day, too and from her job in Brummeria. She spends half her monthly income to pay for this transport. She has to use multiple taxis and trains and walks long distances on foot.[read more]

How to Create a Space for Urban Agriculture [VIDEO]

November 11, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Agriculture Space

Sheryl Ozinsky makes an impassioned plea for urban agriculture. She explains that the time is right for urban agriculture as a revolution of health and nutrition is unfolding. This revolution is a response to rising obesity levels and a proliferation of unhealthy food on the market today.[read more]