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Urban Agriculture

Instability in the global food system is becoming more prevalent as we expand onto marginal lands in an effort to feed the Earth’s people. The problems facing agriculture and water resources are very serious; we’re currently wasting huge amounts of water within our large-scale and agribusiness-dominated farming practices. In order to keep up with agricultural demand,...

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Since the second half of the twentieth century animal agriculture has grown swiftly. So swiftly, in fact, that we’re now recognizing it as unsustainable. As developing countries expand and incomes increase, their populations’ consumption of animal protein increases. Why eat grains when you can eat steak, right? Well, there are several reasons. For one, animal...

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Over the past few years we’ve learned much about starting a small-scale farm. It’s a constant learning curve that surprises us at every turn and leaves us amazed at how rewarding it can really be to grow your own food. Apart from growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, we take pride in raising all kinds...

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“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin My daughter and I love being out in nature together. We’ve done everything from making mud pies and tracking critters to sledding and decorating a holiday tree for the birds. Still there’s one activity that remains in a class of...

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An Up-Close Look at Passive Homes

February 27, 2015 |

My parents have always been massive tree-huggers. Growing up, they’d take my sisters and I on birding outings, camping adventures, and road trips to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. So, when they informed me that they were going to design and build an off-grid, passive home for their retirement, I wasn’t the least...

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The green façades developed by Climagrün, the specialists in this sector, represent the ideal solution to insert as an environmental and ecological construction element, which is able to not only contribute to the improvement of our cities’ climates, but also to increase the value of both the property and the surrounding environment through living building design. Green Facade...

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The ambiguity of climate change really has no limits. The contradictory patterns of the Earth’s climate system cause this crisis to be unpredictable and likely impossible to solve. One component of climate change that is undisputed is the inevitability of a warming atmosphere – anthropogenic CO2 emissions have, and will drive global temperatures up a few degrees....

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What is your student planning on doing with their summer? Do they plan on hanging out by the pool? Getting a tan? The Sustainable Summer program invites all students to apply to take part in their organic farming program. It’s all about education, but also about fun. The program reaches out to high school students...

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Just like many species around the globe will have to adapt to the changing climate and altering ecosystems, humans too must respond accordingly to the dynamic conditions of our planet. One aspect of the climate change crisis is the question of food security and urban poverty. Urban agriculture would be a wise precautionary tool to...

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3 Green Buzzwords, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye By Oscar Rodriguez, Director/Architect at Architecture & food I was complacent. I didn’t have my “man sao” up, a forward guarding hand which translates as “asking/seeking hand” in Wing Chun, a Chinese close-quarter martial art I have been learning now for two years. Having successfully slipped the...

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