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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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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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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