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.
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.
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. The event sought to spark discussions about poverty, hunger, obesity, local economies, and local food systems. Poor nutrition and obesity have a tremendous impact in Ohio and locally, said Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer of ProMedica.
"From a health-care perspective, it's a huge issue, and it's a health-care issue," he said. According to the most recent statistics, Lucas County has 99,746 food-stamp recipients -- nearly a quarter of the county's residents, according to the county's Department of Job and Family Services. Mr. 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.
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. There is a group called Fallen Fruit who have, among other efforts, undertaken the task of mapping fruit trees that grow on or over public land. 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.
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. Now, Washington state has jumped on the foraging bandwagon with plans to develop a 7-acre public plot into a food forest.
The idea is to give members of the working-class neighborhood of Beacon Hill the chance to pick plants scattered throughout the park – dubbed the Beacon Food Forest. 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.
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. An example of one of GardenUp’s towers in PhiladelphiaBasically, the vertical garden towers GardenUp has created can grow herbs, vegetables, flowers, whatever you like, in a small self-contained space. Urban Guerrilla Gardening Booming in Hyde Park. Sweden Building Major Urban Greenhouse for. Chicago restaurants move toward hyper-local food production. Urban Farming Takes Hold in NYC. 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. 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.
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.
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. And I'd argue that these are signposts pointing out the possibility of a food system that is as "healthy, green, fair, and affordable" as the Michigan Good Food Charter (!!!) Yep, now more than ever I love that I live here because 1) I can learn where my food comes from. 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.
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.