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Agriculture & Food

Orlando, FL, approves $1B mixed-use 'agrihood'

September 27, 2016 by Construction Dive

In a 4-2 vote last week, Orange County, FL, commissioners approved development and rezoning plans for The Grow, a $1-billion, mixed-use "agrihood" in Orlando, FL[read more]

One year later: Industry navigating uncharted territory to help reach 2030 food waste reduction goal

September 21, 2016 by Waste Dive

One year after the federal government announced a national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030, the recycling industry is still figuring out how it fits into the equation.[read more]

What Can I Do to Keep My Yard’s Rainwater Out of Streams?

September 6, 2016 by Leda Marritz

One of soil’s many important functions is to act like a sponge. As nature’s blanket, soil soaks up water that falls as rain or melts from snow and ice. Soil not only stores water, it also helps to filter out pollutants such as nutrients, bacteria, and sediments that may collect as water moves over the surface of the earth. Eventually,...[read more]

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Do you know the value of your city's sewage?

August 26, 2016 by Stockholm Environment Institute

Every day, cities generate huge amounts of sewage that, dumped into waterways with little or no treatment, causes pollution and threatens our health. But these waste streams are full of resources that could us meet our energy needs, grow more food, and create green jobs.[read more]

Highways Can Help Pollinators Return to Health

July 14, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Compost-spreading tactics to encourage native plants that both control erosion and attract pollinators / CaltransIn the face of rapidly-declining bee populations, farms across the country are under threat. In California, officials are now pioneering new methods to boost the health of the honeybees and butterflies, according to a recent...[read more]

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Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us?

July 7, 2016 by Rose Rennar

When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next. From the West African black rhinoceros that is now officially...[read more]

The Challenges (and Potential Solutions) with Finding Quality Nursery Stock

June 29, 2016 by Leda Marritz

It’s no secret to anyone who buys trees that nursery-grown trees, especially container-grown stock, are very prone to root defects such as circling, diving and girdling roots. With the right know-how and attention, some of these defects can be corrected at planting time. However, once roots have become woody, many defects are...[read more]

5 Urban Agriculture Strategies to Grow Your City’s Food Supply

Many cities have been integrating urban gardening into their patchworks for decades. Other communities are just getting started.Here are five strategies for jump-starting new urban agriculture projects and sustaining those underway.1. Take inventory of your city’s land (and rooftops)Cities are big places, and most people don’t have the...[read more]

The plants that regulate the rain

April 22, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen
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Much of the world relies on upwind landscapes to regulate rainfall. In fact, on average, nearly a fifth of annual rainfall is regulated specifically by current vegetation.This is the conclusion from a study published in PLOS ONE, led by centre researchers Patrick Keys, Lan Wang-Erlandsson and Line Gordon.Landscapes that regulate downwind...[read more]

How Sandy Does Bioretention Soil Need to Be?

April 4, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Bioretention media is an important topic in the design world. As green infrastructure solutions gain acceptance, there is increased focus on finding the most effective media for on-site stormwater management. But there isn’t (yet) a lot of agreement on what the media consists of, and how to make it both functional for stormwater while being friendly for tree growth. Most of the debate is centered around how much fines (silt and clay) is allowable.[read more]

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Meat-Based Diet Can Adversely Impact Earth’s Environment

April 1, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz

 Recently there have been many claims that consumption of meat can cause severe environmental impacts. A lot of studies have taken place and there is substantial data now to conclude safely that consumption of meat is indeed a major threat to the environment.Cows and Grasslands sequester CarbonLivestock and grasslands can help to...[read more]

Wirth Food Co-op to Service Food Desert in North Minneapolis

March 30, 2016 by The Global Grid

Named after the Theodore Wirth Park, the Wirth Cooperative Grocery, North Minneapolis’s first food co-operative, is under preparation for opening in 2016. The general idea of a food co-operative reflects a food distribution business model that allows its members to autonomously own and govern their business. Using the food co-operative...[read more]