Free access to locally grown food for everyone – movement has turned all the public spaces, from the front yard of a police station to railway stations, into farms filled with edible herbs and vegetables for all

By Khushboo Balwani February 6, 2018 on Shareable Here’s the problem: The rapid expansion of cities is breaking the relationship that people have with the food ecosystem. Although the problem is receiving attention by some city officials, and they are adopting new sustainability programs and policies, it is a time-consuming, top-down process with an uncertain impact. What if with a bottom-up approach of …

Sat 27 Jan 2018 The Guardian   London’s cycle superhighway squeezes cars on Victoria Embankment. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Imagine a healthy future. That we need to change radically was shown by a mass study of the health of 300,000 people that was at once entirely shocking and wholly predictable. Newcastle University found obesity and the lack of exercise (the two go …

A Jeff Bezos-backed warehouse farm startup is building 300 indoor farms across China. Plus evolution away from less humane factory farming in the US.

Business Insider, by Leanna Garfield, 23 Jan 2018 Inside Plenty’s first farm in South San Francisco, California. Plenty The vertical farming startup Plenty just announced that it plans to build 300 organic, indoor farms in or near Chinese cities. In late 2017, the company scored $200 million in the largest-ever ag-tech deal. The funding round was led by Softbank Ventures and included DCM Ventures …

When It Comes to Your Health, Your Local Economy Matters. Quality of housing and employment also influence wellness.

In Yes! Magazine, Jan 30, 2018 by Jessica Young Research shows community traits such as quality of housing and employment also influence wellness. Public health experts often talk about the “ social determinants of health”: community traits such as housing quality, access to nutritious and fresh food, water and air quality, education quality and employment opportunities. These factors are thought to be among …

Apps to share or avoid wasting food

Spoiler alert: As much as 40 percent of the food produced in America ends up at the dump, off-gassing methaneand contributing to climate change. And we consumers bear a great deal of the blame. Become part of the solution with these free apps. Three of the four require a critical mass of users to create a sharing economy, so even if an …

Learning gardens in Naturally Smart Schools and The Big Green, Kitchen Community

Food Tank Jan. 17, 2018  A learning garden from Kimbal Musk’s nonprofit called Big Green. The Kitchen Community  Elon Musk’s Brother Wants to Bring #RealFood to 100,000 Schools Across America Kimbal Musk’s nonprofit organization, The Kitchen Community, is expanding into a new, national nonprofit called Big Green, to build hundreds of outdoor Learning Garden classrooms across America. Learning Gardens teach children an understanding …

“Being the Change”: daily practices of a happy, good community

In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities. Peter Kalmus posted Jan 09, 2018 It can be hard to find hope in climate change mitigation. But that’s exactly what NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus does in Being the Change. While he’s not your typical government scientist—he commutes by bicycle, …

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths each year and cost billions in healthcare spending, lost wages and lost national productivity, est. $100tn and 10m deaths per year by 2050

Excerpt from The Guardian, Oct 2017 Resistant bacteria are a grave threat and getting worse. They are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths around the world each year: 23,000 in the United States, 25,000 in Europe, more than 63,000 babies in India. Beyond those deaths, bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics cause millions of illnesses – 2m annually just in …

Grain that tastes like wheat, grows like prairie grass, and saves soil and carbon

By Madeline Ostrander, The Nation, October 2017 On an August morning in Minneapolis, I sat at a wooden table inside the Birchwood Cafe, a bright, cheerful restaurant a few blocks from the Mississippi River waterfront, tasting an éclair as attentively as I could. The flavor I wanted to detect was partly obscured by more conspicuous ingredients: a high-pitched, jammy blueberry …

World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philadelphia

October 3rd, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, according to the title of a popular television show. If so, it’s the perfect place for the world’s first solar powered indoor vertical farm. Metropolis Farms has constructed a 500 kilowatt solar array made up of 2003 solar panels on the roof of a building in The City of …