U.S. Botanic Garden Coordinates Food Production at Public Gardens Across the Nation

Positive Future #804 (Feature photo – U.S. Botanic Garden  – CCA 3.0 Unported, Alma mater) To shore up food gardening in the U.S., The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. is reaching out across the nation to help promote urban food gardening. So far, they have made awards to 28 public gardens across the nation.…

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More Food for Uncertain Times – Rooftop Gardens

Positive Future #803 (Feature photo – The Seal of Bangkok – public domain) Global economic sanctions against non-essential workers does not protect the lives of non-essential workers. In fact, it can lead them to health crisis from insufficient calories due to insufficient purchasing power. Complicating the issues is the retraction of global trade – compromising…

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Promoting Urban Agriculture at the USDA Farm Service Agency

Positive Future #802 (Feature photo – Farm Service Agency Logo – public domain) Most counties around the country have a Farm Service Agency offices to help farmers with all sorts of issues and federal programs. Now, the USDA wants to start setting up committees at the local levels to support urban agriculture. At one time,…

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Man Rescues 1,000 Tons of Food for Food Banks

Positive Future #800 (Feature photo – Russet Potatoes – Willis Lam CCA SA 2.0 Generic) BrightVibes brings us the story of how people came together to rescue millions of pounds of food that farmers could not sell. The food was rescued and disseminated into food banks. You can read the story here: https://brightvibes.com/1901/en/washington-man-rescues-more-than-1000-tonnes-of-crops-going-to-waste-and-delivers-them-to-food-banks

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BMW – 7 Million Electric Cars by 2030

Positive Future #799 (Feature photo – BMW I3 – By Vauxford – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73866430) CleanTechnica brings us a press release that the BMW group now already offers the world’s widest selection of cars with electrified drive trains. BMW sold more electrified cars in the first half of 2020 than it did…

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Should 25% of Central Park (New York City) Be Turned into Urban Farms

Positive Future #798 (Feature photo – Central Park –  By Martin St-Amant (S23678) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6383576) While there are many reasons to keep Central Park as it is, the growing concern over access to health food and a fragile food system makes the idea not so out of bounds. There are…

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Should Governments Supply People with Growing Gardens (Allotments)?

Positive Future #797 (Feature photo – Boys create and allotment garden in 1942 in London  – Public Domain) City Farmer News brings us the story of allotment gardening in England. Allotment gardening came into popularity in England in the 1800s as the government began providing lots to poor people so they could raise their own…

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Electric Garbage Trucks – Cleaning Up the Garbage Industry

Positive Future #794 (Feature photo – Nikola truck platform for garbage trucks – courtesy of Nikola) While garbage trucks do not usually make history, CleanTechnica journalist Steve Hanley brings us a different story. Nikola Motors just sold 2,500 electric truck platforms for garbage trucks to Republic Waste Services. Republic is one of the largest waste-service…

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