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How Chinese farmers have been supplying local food since the 1800s

Covered Roots: The History of Vancouver’s Chinese Farms, including leased farmland in Musqueum. All their farming was organic until seed purchases were tied to buying fertilizer in the 1950s. Common theme: hard work.

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Bring on the animals! Eugene set to approve relaxed rules for more backyard animals

Eugene is set to approve mini-goats, mini-pigs, rabbits and other animals in the city’s backyards… Legalizing thousands of residents already doing it. Very Noah-esque that only pairs of species can be kept. This is another example of legislators scrambling to … Continue reading

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Average American spends more on transportation than on food

The average American spends more on transportation than food, and Canadians spend even more on transportation ($10, 452/yr average. Which is to remind us that food costs have historically never been cheaper. Ironically, the predominant focus of transportation spending– the … Continue reading

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Small farms crucial for food security, say NGOs

Small farms are crucial for food security, say NGOs at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture. Big ag is not reducing hunger in developing countries, they say. “A problem which is getting worse is land-grabbing, where big investors buy … Continue reading

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Thanks Mark Cullen for quoting me in your excellent article

Mark Cullen quotes from The Urban Food Revolution in a great article on cities feeding themselves in the Toronto Star. He sees home-grown food as part of a new vision of urban development, which of course it is. Here’s a … Continue reading

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New law in NJ allows community garden pr

New law in NJ allows community garden produce to be served in schools http://ow.ly/hnHpH #urbanag

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The urban food revolution up close and personal

Join me Thurs. Feb 7 at 7 pm at the Kerrisdale Community Centre for a talk on all the latest developments in urban food around North America. See you there?

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New York prof’s view of Vancouver’s new food strategy

Take it from an outsider: Here’s a New York prof’s view of Vancouver’s new food strategy. He’s impressed, and shows where this major step forward for Vancouver is ahead of  other cities. Congratulations to Vancouver City Council for its, yes, … Continue reading

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Vancouver gets serious about food strategy

All good: 71 recommendations coming to council Jan. 30. Speakers welcome, starting at 9:30 am. Blueprint for an edible city.

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Radical transparency coming for all food

Combine radical transparency in labelling with advances in genomics and we can expect unique diets for each person, says futurist Richard Worzel. Everyone will have a better chance of eating only what’s healthy for them. This sounds a bit spooky, … Continue reading

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