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  • Wastewater fears for urban farms

    Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment. With many developing nations swiftly urbanising, the authors said people were at increasing risk of ...

  • Lufa farms - re-inventing farming for the Urban age

    In an effort to bring attention to sustainable urban agriculture and direct-to-consumer farm relationships, Lufa Farms -- the world's first rooftop commercial greenhouse - will contribute one percent of the value of each fresh produce basket it sells to consumers to the David Suzuki Foundation. Mohamed Hage, founder and president of Lufa Farms, said Lufa also will make a small cash donation to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The high rise Urban farms of the future

    Imagine a full-scale farm right in the heart of New York City, in the deserts of Darfur or on the moon.  While you might have to wait some time for your lunar lettuce, vertical farming technologies are increasing the possibilities of cultivating crops much more efficiently here on earth.  Moving farms into buildings might change the way much of humanity grows its food.  And while ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Farming the cities, feeding an Urban future

    As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. "Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and other cities across sub-Saharan Africa," said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Writing an equation for soil success

    Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily. Soil scientists typically measure different aspects of soil — how much air it contains, how well it retains water, heat, and more — to ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Bonterra Vineyards launches Campaign for Urban farming in partnership with growing power

    As one of the world's leading producers of wine made from organically grown grapes, Bonterra is partnering with Growing Power, an organization focused on providing communities with healthy foods, to raise awareness and funds for urban farming. The partnership begins with an online fundraising campaign where Bonterra will donate $20,000 to local urban farming organizations in as many as 10 cities ...

  • Alterrus Begins Construction and Installation of North America`s First Vertical Urban Farm in Downtown Vancouver

    Alterrus Systems Inc. (CNSX: ASI)(OTCQB: ASIUF) today announced it will begin building North America's first VertiCrop urban farming system on the top level of a downtown Vancouver parking lot. Alterrus's VertiCrop vertical-farming technology uses hydroponic technology to grow leafy green vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse, without pesticides or herbicides. Its produce will be transported ...


  • Rooftop farming: The next steps for development

    Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly popular. A recent assessment of rooftop farming in Barcelona shows differing attitudes towards the practice, and provides important recommendations for the development of agricultural policy for the 21st century, such as including food production as a potential use of rooftops in planning legislation. Urban agriculture, defined by the Food and ...

  • How green was my vertical farm?

    By 2050, 80% of the earth’s population will live in cities and 3 billion more people will need to be fed. The simple fact is we are running out of available land to grow enough food to feed them. If we can’t grow our cities outward to find more arable land, the only solution is to grow them upwards. This may change the way we design cities forever. The problem is real and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Urban agriculture - vancouver case study

    A major section of downtown Vancouver is being transformed into what could be one of the world’s first purpose-built sustainable communities, where growing food is at the top of the list. The South East False Creek (SEFC) site comprises 32 hectares (80 acres) that will eventually be the home to 12,000 to 16,000 people. The first phase of SEFC will be temporarily used as Vancouver’s ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Urbanization, export crops drive deforestation

    The drivers of tropical deforestation have shifted in the early 21st century to hinge on growth of cities and the globalized agricultural trade, a new large-scale study concludes. The observations starkly reverse assumptions by some scientists that fast-growing urbanization and the efficiencies of global trade might eventually slow or ...

  • The Benefits of Urban Agriculture; Trends in Green Agriculture and Sustainability

    August 31, 2010 - www.InvestorIdeas.com and its environmental investor portals, report on the benefits of urban agriculture for investors following green agriculture.   Aquamer Medical Corp. (OTCBB: AQUM) (DBA/ Urban Agricultural Corp.) a sustainable agriculture stock recently announced the acquisition of Urban Agricultural Corp. ("Urban ...


  • From Creative Ideas to Specific Plans for Urban Agriculture

    Urban agriculture may be trendy but does it have any impact? Municipalities are increasingly discovering that the answer is ’yes’, with benefits for health, the neighbourhood and the local economy. In the fast-growing Urban Agriculture City Network (Stedennetwerk Stadslandbouw), councils are working together to make urban agriculture a permanent success. The Day of Urban Agriculture ...

  • FAO calls for increased support for mountain family farming

    Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms, and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, FAO said today. Around 40 percent of mountain populations in developing and transition countries - about 300 million people - are food insecure, with ...

  • MPs Respond to Invitation to Tour a Dairy Farm

    Today, the Bühlmann family of Sonibrand Farms opened their barn doors to their federal Member of Parliament Francis Drouin, along with several other Liberal MPs and staff from the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), for a guided tour of their family farm. Located 45 minutes from Parliament Hill, the Bühlmann’s own and operate a modern dairy farm, milking 100 cows with two robotic ...

  • 97 Teams Enter Global Vertical Farming Award

    The Association for Vertical Farming and Illumitex are proud to announce 97 teams from 24 countries are competing for the AVF award, the first global vertical farming competition of it’s kind. On March 28, Vice Chair of the Association for Vertical Farming, Henry Gordon-Smith, hosted a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” with the ‘father’ of vertical farming, Dickson ...


    By Illumitex Inc.

  • Farm Science Review Exhibit Celebrates Women in Agriculture

    An exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture will be displayed at this year’s Farm Science Review. “Women now make up 1 out of every 3 agricultural producers across the U.S.,” said Gigi Neal, Ohio State University Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources and co-leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio Women in Agriculture team. “We want to ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Home town farms solves skyrocketing food costs

    We are in the midst of a global food crisis, with the price of food skyrocketing globally over the last year. As the cost of corn has jumped 87% and wheat 74%, tens of millions of people are finding it harder than ever to feed their families, with the rising price of food even helping to trigger the wave of social unrest sweeping the Middle East. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Illumitex Expands to Vertical Farms Across the Globe

    Illumitex is expanding its LED lighting services to six international countries in the vertical farming industry. Among the international vertical farms Illumitex is currently working with are Remy located in Israel, Asahi Techno in Japan, Agricool in France and aquaponic startups in Norway and Italy. Illumitex’s involvement with the Association for Vertical Farming, educational ...


    By Illumitex Inc.

  • Farming in cities could help feed the world

    With traditional food production under threat from climate change, we should switch from agriculture to cell culture, says Lucía Atehortúa. If climate change begins to limit the global production of food and energy crops, it will be necessary to develop a new system of food production. Imagine agriculture in small spaces, using high-tech tools such as ...


    By SciDev.Net

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