Orchards for edible cities: Cadmium and lead content in nuts, berries, pome and stone fruits harvested within the inner city neighbourhoods in Berlin, Germany

We demonstrate, that the consumption of non-vegetable fruits growing in inner city sites in Berlin does not pose a risk on human health as long as the fruits are thoroughly washed and it is provided that site pollutions and impacts are consider...

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Sustainable Food in Urban Communities

The URBACT Thematic Network “Sustainable Food in Urban Communities” is a project involving 10 European cities that wish to grow, deliver and enjoy more sustainable food: they are looking for joint, effective and sustainable solutions to develop low-carbon and resource-efficient urban food systems.


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Cultivation, Capital, and Contamination: Urban Agriculture in Oakland, California

Urban agriculture has enjoyed renewed popularity across North America over the past few years due to a vibrant food justice movement challenging disparities in access to healthy food, as well as to municipal policy and planning efforts focusing...

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Urban Agriculture as Revolution: An Action Research and Social Movement Analysis of Food Production in Alameda County, California

This dissertation examines characteristics of urban agriculture as a social movement using Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area as a study context. The overarching goals of this study were: a) to add to the theoretical understanding of urban agriculture in the Global North; b) to assess urban agriculture practitioners’ interest in receiving...
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Parking lot greenhouse goes bankrupt in Vancouver – British Columbia – CBC News

"A high-tech greenhouse company supported by the City of Vancouver has gone bankrupt and one city councillor is wondering if taxpayers may be left on the hook.

Alterrus Systems Inc. leased a downtown parking lot at a cut rate price to run a so-called "vertical farm""


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China Releases Plan to Incorporate Farmers Into Cities – NYTimes.com

"China has announced a sweeping plan to manage the flow of rural residents into cities, promising to promote urbanization but also to solve some of the drastic side effects of this great uprooting."



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Community Food Production as Food Security: Resource and Economic Valuation in Madison, Wisconsin (USA)

Community food production (CFP) is emerging worldwide as a key component of programming designed to address community food insecurity. CFP resources in the form of home gardens, community gardens, and school gardens continue to gain wide suppor...

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Family Farming | Food Tank

"As the world celebrates the International Year of Family Farming, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank highlights new research showing how family farms, can nourish the world while protecting the environment. The new report, Food Tank by the Numbers: Family Farming, features original research from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and draws on...
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"Agritecture is the combination of architecture and agriculture. The blog is about Building-Integrated Agriculture. We explore developing innovations, businesses, and projects that employ agritecture. "



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Open Source Beehives

"The Open Source Beehives project is a collaborative response to the threat faced by bee populations in industrialised nations around the world. The project proposes to design hives that can support bee colonies in a sustainable way, to monitor...

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The London Beekeepers Association

"The London Beekeepers' Association (LBKA) represents the interests of beekeepers and urban beekeeping in the central London area (see neighbouring associations). We provide education and advice, promoting responsible bee keeping and raising aw...

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PLOS ONE: Urban Community Gardeners’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Soil Contaminant Risks

"Although urban community gardening can offer health, social, environmental, and economic benefits, these benefits must be weighed against the potential health risks stemming from exposure to contaminants such as heavy metals and organic chemic...

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Gathering “wild” food in the city: rethinking the role of foraging in urban ecosystem planning and management

McLain, Hurely, Emery and Poe in Local Environment - Volume 19, Issue 2

Recent “green” planning initiatives envision food production, including urban agriculture and livestock production, as desirable elements of sustainable cities. We use an integrated urban political ecology and human–plant geographies framework to explore how foraging for “wild” foods in cities, a subversive practice...
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Radical, reformist, and garden-variety neoliberal: coming to terms with urban agriculture’s contradictions

Nathan McClintock in Local Environment - Volume 19, Issue 2

For many activists and scholars, urban agriculture in the Global North has become synonymous with sustainable food systems, standing in opposition to the dominant industrial agri-food system. At the same time, critical social scientists increasingly argue that urban agriculture programmes, by filling the void left...
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Transplant’s dream of urban farming imperiled by zoning, rising land prices | The Lens

"When my husband and I decided to move to New Orleans, we had one goal in mind: to work as little as possible.

Back in Chicago, I was always working, and my long office hours left my life lacking. I wanted out, but I didn’t know what else to do.

That’s when my husband and I...
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