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A Plan to Turn Brooklyn’s Unused Acres Green. NY Times Advertisement. Green bullet innovations aim to feed world of 9 billion. LONDON, May 2 (AlertNet) - In flood-hit fields in the Philippines, farmers are testing a hardy new variety of rice that can survive completely submerged for more than two weeks.

Green bullet innovations aim to feed world of 9 billion

In Kenya's Kibera slum, poor urban families are turning around their diets and incomes just by learning to grow vegetables in sack gardens outside their doors. And in India, a push to help marginalised rural communities gain title to their land is leading to a significant drop in hunger. These are just a few of the kinds of innovations and initiatives that experts say will be critical if the world is to feed itself over coming decades as the population soars, cities sprawl and climate change takes its toll.

By 2050, the planet will need at least 70 percent more food than it does today to meet both an expected rise in population to 9 billion from 7 billion and changing appetites as many poor people grow richer, experts say. Urban gardens boost quality of life, expert says. Communities such as Toledo can build value through urban agriculture, believes Ken Dunn, who runs a recycling and urban gardening group in Chicago.

Urban gardens boost quality of life, expert says

Mr. Dunn spoke at "Conversations to End Hunger," an event Wednesday at the Main Library downtown. It was sponsored by ProMedica, YMCA and JCC of Great Toledo, United Way of Greater Toledo, the Urban Affairs Center at the University of Toledo, and Toledo GROWS. Urban Farming. Detroit turns to food to spur rebirth, growth. By Lisa Baertlein DETROIT – When Slows Bar-B-Q opened in Detroit’s Corktown district seven years ago, the neighbourhood was so neglected that the street lamps no longer worked.

The restaurant sits in the shadow of Detroit’s abandoned central train station, a few blocks from the vacant lot where Tiger Stadium once stood. Public Fruit in the City When we moved into our. Public Fruit in the City When we moved into our circa 1919 farmhouse 20 years ago, our neighbor had an ancient looking apple tree in the backyard where pheasants would roost at night.

Public Fruit in the City When we moved into our

That apple tree it turned out, had been planted by the farmer who owned the land prior to it being developed into our neighborhood. It was a living link to what had been a thriving apple orchard in the early 1900’s. We were fortunate to have sampled its fruit before it died of old age. Turning Vacant Lots into Profitable Urban Farms in Minnesota. Seattle's First Urban Food Forest Will Be Open To Foragers : The Salt. Hide captionDesigners of a food forest in Seattle want to make blueberry picking a neighborly activity. iStockphoto.com Designers of a food forest in Seattle want to make blueberry picking a neighborly activity.

Seattle's First Urban Food Forest Will Be Open To Foragers : The Salt

If you're a regular reader of The Salt, you've probably noticed our interest in foraging. From San Francisco to Maryland, we've met wild food experts, nature guides and chefs passionate about picking foods growing in their backyards. Gardening, Done Vertically - EcoBrooklyn Green Show Home. Gardenup: The folks from GardenUp just stopped by the EcoBrooklyn Green Show House to tell us more about their great new products for gardening.

Gardening, Done Vertically - EcoBrooklyn Green Show Home

They’ve created a simple vertical system based on hydroponic technology that is great for small spaces, easy-to-use and highly efficient – perfect for city living. Urban Guerrilla Gardening Booming in Hyde Park. Sweden Building Major Urban Greenhouse for. Sweden Building Major Urban Greenhouse for Vertical Gardens By 2050, 80% of the world’s population will live in cities.

Sweden Building Major Urban Greenhouse for

The 100,000 residents of Linköping, Sweden will soon be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables grown in a 54 meter high greenhouse in the center of the city. The Stockholm development firm Plantagon began work this month on the project which is expected to be completed in a year and a half. Chicago restaurants move toward hyper-local food production. Urban Farming Takes Hold in NYC. New York City may not have a lot of extra space for farms, but it's got plenty of rooftops that fit the bill just fine.

Urban Farming Takes Hold in NYC

Urban farming is a really important trend - it not only provides fresh food locally, it eliminates greenhouse gases associated with transporting food over long distances, provides economic development opportunities, and reduces disparities in access to healthy food that's contributed to epidemic rates of obesity and diabetes especially among low-income populations. On top of a 6-story warehouse in the borough of Queens sits the world's largest rooftop farm - at almost an acre in size, the Brooklyn Grange has been growing 40 kinds of vegetables since it opened in spring 2010. Now, it's gettting ready to double in size as it expands to a second roof, this one in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Ragicabbot - PodPonics: Growing Food in Used Shipping. How to Save America: Build Better Cities Felix. Another Studio. The Future of Food: 11 Unique Urban Farming Projects. The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment.

It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. Farming has a lot of romance in it. The idea of tilling the land, growing something from scratch and providing for yourself from the gifts of the land is a primal urge that runs through even the most cynical techie.

Well, you don’t have to give up your iPad to get a piece of the farming pie with the growing interest in “urban farming,” which is finding ways to bring the farming lifestyle to cities, high-rises and other urban environments. Vertical Farm at Chicago Airport: Simple and Cool! Agritecture: I just stumbled upon this great post about a new Vertical Farm project at Chicago airport.

Vertical Farm at Chicago Airport: Simple and Cool!

Check out the images and notice the varieties of foods that can be grown on these small food production towers. Building community while producing fresh, affordable produce within Lansing, Michigan. MSU professors help create Lansings first urban farm. 20 reasons to feel hopeful about Michigan and our food system in 2012. Winter carrots from Seeley Farm Photo | Kim Bayer Maybe it was the news about Michigan snagging a spot on the Top 10 list of states with the most winter farmers' markets that pushed it over the edge, but I'm noticing an energy around food issues that I haven't seen before.

20 reasons to feel hopeful about Michigan and our food system in 2012

There are so many things happening in this part of SE Michigan that didn't exist even three or four years ago when I decided to break up with my regular grocery store and shop for food from people I know. It's sort of de rigeur to end the year with a catalog of the best foodie experiences you had, but this is a guide to hopeful signs for the new year - some trends to watch, support and engage with. Here’s a parking garage that doubles as an urban farm. Girl Power Reclaims Vacant Lot in. Urban Permaculture Garden in San Francisco Grows Thousands of Pounds of Food. City Farmers: Protect Your Garden From Critters. Urban Farms, Supersized. Largest Ever Rooftop Garden To Be Big As Football Field. BERLIN - If all goes as planned, a sprawling organic farm will soon be up and running a stone’s throw away from a six-lane autobahn in Berlin’s Südkreuz industrial zone.

Urban Farms, Supersized. Largest Ever Rooftop Garden To Be Big As Football Field

By spring 2013, tons of lettuce, kohlrabi (a variety of cabbage), tomatoes and herbs are expected to be growing under protective glass roofing – on a city rooftop, some 7,000 square meters of it, an area as big as a soccer field. And in the building underneath, say the three 30-something Berliners behind the ambitious project, there will also be an aquaponic fish farm. "The beauty of our plan is it’s self-sufficient.

Only fish food has to be brought in from the outside,” says Nicolas Leschke, one of the three entrepreneurs. Water containing excretions from fish bred in large tubs will fertilize the produce, leaving clean water to flow through the closed water circuit back to the fish. 'Flint Food Fighters' debuts at Michigan State University. Be Part of History: World’s First 5-Story Vertical. Community Gardens Blooming in Auckland With. Sharing Knowlege... Feeding Nations. Farmin’ in the HOOD Follow the impressive story. Popular Permaculture.