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Urban Agriculture

Food independence has grown more popular in the past few years as climate change and marginal land use have become more of a political and social issue. We are running out of land, topsoil, and water to sustain the large-scale agriculture that we have practiced for generations. As global water scarcity and water pollution increase,...

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It’s an issue that has plagued every major city around the world. Food deserts exist in every major city of the country, especially in low income neighborhoods. What Are Food Deserts? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food deserts as urban neighborhoods and rural towns that do not have access to fresh, healthy,...

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According to the World Bank, the urban population accounts for 3.5 billion people and is expected to reach 5 billion by 2030, with two thirds of the global population living in cities. This phenomenon, which occurs consequently to population growth and the new wave of urbanization (mainly in developing countries), affects global urban development and poses...

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Most people don’t think of things like dirt on a daily basis. But the truth is, dirt – more specifically, soil – is tied closely to the health of your food, the health of the environment, and the health of your pocketbook. Below you’ll find these three great reasons explained in detail. 1. It Boosts Your Soil’s Vitality...

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Bacon is delicious. I’ll admit that. But it’s also fatty, salty, and almost devoid of any important nutrients. In addition to other red meat products, bacon is an epidemic in our society; we consume billions and billions of pounds of beef and pork each year. Yet our meat-heavy diet has recently been in the spotlight for...

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Do you enjoy eating fresh vegetables from a garden? Do you live in an area where you don’t have room for a garden of your own? Well, in many areas that’s no longer a problem. People from around the country are taking part in a recently trending movement, supporting local farms through agriculture programs called Community...

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Scallops are sweet, delicate, meaty, and take only minutes to cook – not to mention they’re a seafood sustainability item. Unless you know how to buy and cook scallops, you probably eat them when you celebrate that special occasion at a restaurant. Scallops cost a little more than other protein choices. If you buy the wrong...

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Born in the forests of an ancient world, Moringa olifera, also known as the Moringa tree, has developed a privileged reputation, its leaf serving as one of the most nutritious and versatile herbs known to modern man. Its easy growing characteristics, abundance of essential nutrients, and practical benefits serve as something of a miracle. Below is...

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Similar to the Farm to School Program, the From Seed to Table Program (FStT) helps bring food from farms to local urban systems. However, this program has not yet been utilized in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a success if implemented. The program initially began as a three-year program, implemented...

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What’s a Legume? Legumes are an extremely popular crop for farmers and consumers, but most do not know the agricultural and environmental benefits of using them during crop rotations. Some grain legumes – such as soybeans, peanuts, pecans, and other notable beans and nuts – are cultivated for their seeds and used for food consumption, oil production,...

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