Singapore – A Global Testbed for Urban Food Production

Positive Future #768 (Feature photo – Singapore – CCA 2.0 Generic, Ray in Manila) CNA news journalist Cindy Co brings us the story of how a gaming industry professional got into urban vertical farming in Singapore. Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. With a population of almost 6 million people, the whole country…

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Building Urban Agriculture – Reducing Taxes

Touch the Soil News #1611 (Feature Photo – San Diego County – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=437015) Village News journalist Joe Naiman brings the story of how the San Diego Board of Supervisors is establishing an urban agriculture incentive zone program. San Diego County is home to around 3.4 million people. The emerging thoughts about thinking…

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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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Small Farming for Over 300 Years in the City of Tokyo

Touch the Soil News #1592 (Feature photo – Tokyo Urban Farms, CCA 3.0 Generic, Douglas Paul Perkins) Japan Times journalist Chara Terzuolo brings us the story of an organic urban farm that has been in the family for over 30 years. Located in Tokyo, Japan, this modest garden of approximately 1.25 acres is already producing…

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Texas A&M University – Locating Agriculture in the City

Touch the Soil News #1569 (Feature photo – Texas A&M AgriLife Center – CCA SA 4.0 International, Patrick Creighton) Texas A&M University is one of the nation’s largest universities with almost 70,000 students. It is known the world over as being a leader in agricultural research and innovation (https://dallas.tamu.edu/) Now, the university is researching the…

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Gotham Greens – Re-Inventing Urban Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1505 (Feature photo – Gotham Greens – courtesy of Gotham Greens) FoodBev media brings us the news of Gotham Greens’ expansion into urban agriculture and controlled environment farming. Gotham Greens just opened up its 7th indoor greenhouse (100,000 square feet) in Rhode Island. This brings the company’s operations to about 500,000…

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Putting Urban Farming at the Center of City Life

Touch the Soil News #1496 (Feature photo – Swansea City – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license, Numero007) BBC News brings us the story of Swansea city, in the nation of Wales (U.K.). Swansea is looking at a mixed-use building (commercial and residential) to incorporate food producing assets in every apartment and in the…

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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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The New AI, Robotics and Data Analysis Farmers

Touch the Soil News #1442 (Feature photo – Indoor Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported – Bryght Knyght) A newer company in Pittsburg called Fifth Season (https://www.fifthseasonfresh.com/#our-story) made news recently as it just got $35 million in funding to build a 60,000 square foot vertical farm. Being solar powered, the new facility will produce over…

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