Singapore Government Gets Behind High Tech Urban Food

Touch the Soil News #1687 (Feature Photo – Singapore Botanic Gardens – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Calving Teo) The island nation of Singapore with almost 6 million people has taken interest in urban food. So much so that the government is putting out $40 million to help 9 farms expand and enhance their production. While…

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Food Banks and the Food Pandemic

Positive Future #762 (Feature photo – Food Bank Volunteers – Courtesy of the U.S. Navy) Inhabitat brings the story of how farmers are being hurt and destroying food, while Food Banks are experiencing record-breaking demand. Economic disruption in the food chain is playing a most risky game. You can read the full story here: https://inhabitat.com/the-farm-to-food-bank-movement-rescues-pandemic-related-food-waste/

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Food Gardening Becoming Institutionalized in Big Cities

Touch the Soil News #1621 (Feature Photo – Montreal Botanical Gardens– By Originally en:User:GarrettRock – Original uploadlog is/was here, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2695736 CBC News journalist Issac Olson brings us the story of how the city of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) is taking food gardening under its wings. The city’s botanical gardens will host a 2.5…

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Moving Up the Importance of Food

Touch the Soil News #1606 (Feature Photo – Aerial Photo of Victoria, BC – By Ron Reiring – Victoria, BC Canada, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5830773 The Huffington Post brings us interesting news of how one Canadian city – Victoria, B.C. – is gearing up to raise food for residents. Some parks department employees are being…

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Growing Your Own SuperFoods for Health

Touch the Soil News #1579 (Feature photo – WheatGrass – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) This story comes from news portal The Better India. It is about a man who quit his professional job to raise super-foods that combat cancer and then helps people grow their own superfood. You can read the full story here: https://www.thebetterindia.com/218030/punjab-man-earns-lakhs-organic-vegetables-superfood-microgreens-terrace-garden-tip-gop94/

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Food Crisis Can Follow Political Warfare

Touch the Soil News #1526 (Feature photo The City of Doha, Qatar – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license, StellarD). Voice of America news brings us a sobering story of how one small nation – Qatar – had its food imports blockaded by neighboring nations. This is tough survival time when almost 100…

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Urban Agriculture Healthy Food and Entrepreneur Act

Positive Future #632 (Feature photo – Bobby Rush – Official photo – public domain) U.S. Representative Bobby Rush with others introduced legislation that would increase the availability of land and capital in communities to encourage more local urban agricultural production. One of the underlying goals is to improve food security for people in areas that…

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Whatever You Do, Grow Food

Touch the Soil News #1464 (Feature photo – Philippine Senator Francis Pangilinan – Attribution, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62021362) Francis Pangilinan, a Philippine Senator and lawyer, is also a home food gardener. He is pushing legislation that mandates national and local governments to use idle or abandoned government lots and buildings for growing crops, raising livestock and vertical hydroponic…

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