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Allotment and Community Gardens

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Touch the Soil News #634 Earlier generations in the United Kingdom fought many battles to achieve a balance between the rich and poor. One of the victories of the poor was to get an acknowledgment from the government that they had an obligation to provide land for allotment gardening. It is the old battle between the land owners and the land workers. In the old days, when allotments were used to feed the family, plots were much larger than U.S. community garden plots. In the U.S., community garden plots usually average from 100 to 200 square feet. Allotment plots are much larger with standard plots around 2,700 square feet. In…

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Community Land Rights (food) – The Global Powder Keg (Part 2 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #424 (Feature photo courtesy of HELVETAS) While much of the land rights issues and violations are taking place in third world countries, giving voices to indigenous people and their cause is coming from powerful first-world social activist organizations. Following is information on the five (5) international non-profits who are organizing the first International Community Land Rights conference in Stockholm in 2017. The Rights and Resources Initiative. This organization is a global coalition of 13 core partner organization and 150 collaborator organizations directly engaged in land and forest policy reforms (This organization carries material international clout). International Land Coalition. This organization is a coalition of 152 organizations…

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Community Land Rights (food) – The Global Powder Keg (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #423 (Feature photo courtesy of HELVETAS) Here in the United States, we have title companies that document land ownership and enforceable liens on land. Seventy percent of all bank loans are collateralized by land – real estate. It is these loans that stand behind the dollars that banks invoke and are the backbone of the nation’s economic activities. Documentable ownership of land is also the backbone of access to land. Much of the land in Asia, Africa and South America lack the ownership / lien documentation here in the United States. This also limits the use of credit for economic development in third-world nations – creating…

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