Tag Archives: food

How the Great Food War Will Be Won

How the Great Food War Will Be Won
There is no global or regional shortage of food. There never has been and nor is there ever likely to be. India has a superabundance of food. South America is swamped in food. The US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are swamped in food (e.g. Billen et al 2011). In Britain, like in many wealthy countries, nearly half of all row crop food production now goes to biofuels, which at bottom are an attempt to dispose of surplus agricultural ... Read more

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore’s Fragile Food System

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore’s Fragile Food System
Above: A crew of volunteer “aunties” weed and harvest basil at the ComCrop rooftop farm, set high above Singapore’s Orchard Road.Maureen Pao/NPR Once lined with plantations, Singapore’s Orchard Road is now a sort of Asian Rodeo Drive. But overlooking the commercial mecca is a different kind of oasis: 6,000 square feet of vegetable and fish gardens. The aquaponic garden features mint, basil and leafy greens growing in ... Read more

California Harvest Much Smaller Than Normal Across Crops

California Harvest Much Smaller Than Normal Across Crops
It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables. By Dale Kasler Originally published in the Sacramento Bee One commodity after another is feeling the impact of the state’s epic water shortage. The great Sacramento Valley rice crop, served in sushi restaurants nationwide and exported to Asia, will be smaller than usual. Fewer grapes will be available to produce ... Read more

Our Harvest: Growing a New Type of Food Business

Our Harvest: Growing a New Type of Food Business
Part farm, part food hub, Our Harvest is the first union worker-owned food cooperative in North America — and it’s based here in Cincinnati’s College Hill neighborhood. The idea for an aggregated food distribution hub that pays workers livable wages was put into motion in 2010 by union organizer Ellen Vera after a friend told her about a European business model called Mondragon. “We recognized the need to do an aggregated distribution center ... Read more

How One Hospital Is Using Organic Produce To Help Heal Patients

How One Hospital Is Using Organic Produce To Help Heal Patients
By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally published in www.ecowatch.com In 431 B.C. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” More than 2500 years later, we are inundated with advertisements boasting the latest, greatest cure-all super drug. From a young age, we learn that it doesn’t matter how or what we eat, there is a quick fix around the corner for whatever ails us—whether we’re obese, have high blood pressure or bad ... Read more

Food, energy, finance: A solutions movement takes root in northern California

Food, energy, finance: A solutions movement takes root in northern California
Petaluma, Calif.—There’s a new currency here called Bay Bucks that’s helping businesses trade in services and get off the dollar. There’s a new agriculture-tech startup called CropMobster helping redistribute excess produce and cut down on food waste. And a new electricity provider, Sonoma Clean Power, just flipped on the switch May 1 to supply tens of thousands of Sonoma County residents and businesses with renewable energy. Call it the ... Read more

URBAN GREEN: HOOP HOUSES REPLACE ROW HOUSES IN BALTIMORE’S SANDTOWN

URBAN GREEN: HOOP HOUSES REPLACE ROW HOUSES IN BALTIMORE’S SANDTOWN
Baltimore wanted to establish itself as a leader in local, sustainable food systems, in part by increasing the acreage under cultivation for urban agriculture, integrating small farms into the urban landscape. But fears of gentrification and suspicion of the city’s motives meant that grassroots liaisons were needed to facilitate community buy-in. Big City Farms, a Baltimore-based urban-farming company and a Certified B Corporation (for ... Read more

Which State Best Supports Its Locally Grown Foods?

Which State Best Supports Its Locally Grown Foods?
The push for more people to buy and eat locally produced foods keeps growing, but which states are actually practicing what they preach? For the third consecutive year, Strolling of the Heifers answers that question with its 2014 Locavore Index. The rankings take the per-capita number of farmers markets, consumer-supported agriculture operations (CSAs) and food hubs into account, along with the percentage of school districts with active ... Read more

Half of U.S. Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity

Half of U.S. Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity
An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire, even as new evidence indicates this land is being strongly pursued by private equity investors. Mirroring a trend being experienced across the globe, this strengthening focus on agriculture-related investment by the private sector is already leading to a spike in U.S. farmland prices. Coupled with ... Read more

A unique approach to community development

A unique approach to community development
For fashion trends the world looks to Milan; Copenhagen has become synonymous with urban planning; but for community development, Manitoba is increasingly the source for inspiration and cutting edge policy. Manitoba's homegrown approach to community development is being studied by other cities looking for ways to deal with the complex challenges of poverty and social exclusion. This month, the Victoria Social Planning Council invited CCPA ... Read more