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Focus On Greening

Touch the Soil News #1151 (Feature photo – Under the Miami Metrorail – CCA 2.0 Generic ) The news platform “Cubed” brings the latest news about a new project in Miami-Dade County. Located on the Southern tip of Florida, the area is home to 2.7 million people. The plan is to create a 10-mile linear park at a price of $120 million. Most of the linear park will be underneath the Miami Metrorail and not require expensive urban restructuring. One must contemplate what other changes may come with this. Most of the greening taking place in other metro areas around the world has dedicated food-growing programs in them. You can…

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Seeds of Change

Touch the Soil News #760 (feature photo – Downtown New York – Alex Proimos CC SA 2.0) The history of New York City is the epitome of paving and urbanizing farmland. Since its founding in 1624, New York City and its surrounding metro areas have grown. Today, New York City proper has a population of 8.5 million people. The larger New York City metropolitan area has 23.7 million people. Originally, New York was the lands of the Algonquain Indians, which sold the island of Manhattan in 1626 to Peter Minuit. Minuit was charged with building of the New Netherland for the Dutch. A few days ago, New York councilman -…

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Urban Food Systems – A New Cornerstone of Urban Infrastructure

Touch the Soil News #754 (feature photo – Joe Mabel – CC SA 3.0) As many of the stories we cover reveal, connecting with urban food (agriculture) is as much about other benefits as it is about the direct food benefit. We are all familiar with the policy directives of the national government through the USDA – ditto for other governments as well. This “centralized” policymaking approach to the world’s food systems is slowly being challenged by Municipal (city) efforts to establish their own food policies. Toronto, Canada has one of the most advanced and mature Food Policy Councils. The 30-member councils is free to be creative in bringing urban…

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