Tag Archives: food security

There’s an App for That: Foraging for Free Food


Over at Falling Fruit (Fallingfruit.org), two programmers have created a global foraging map that shows that allows you to find fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries and lots of other healthy edible plants in public parks, urban farming projects, lining city streets, and even hanging over fences (and, therefor, onto the public domain of sidewalks) from the UK to New […]

Vertical Gardening Gets Real in Australia


When news broke two years ago that Sydney, Australia would be home to the world’s tallest and largest urban/vertical gardening project, I had some doubts– and I would have bet money that it was vaporware. It was a scam, I was sure- a thing that was so awesome that it was not ever going to […]

Aquaponic Rooftop Farm = New Age Fish and Chips


Green roofs and rooftop farming are some of the latest buzzwords of green architecture, but the guys behind Something & Son in Folkestone, England are taking it a step further. They’ve set up an advanced aquaponic system on the roof of their building, and they’re using the fish to help raise potatoes. In other words: […]

Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan


North Carolina’s city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure.

An Ark for Saving Seeds and Our Future


This summer as you bite into unique varieties of luscious, ripe, delicious seasonal fresh fruit from your local farmer’s market, please take a moment to be thankful for the many unique seeds that still exist, as well as for the people who take the time to save them.

You can read about the heroic ongoing efforts to save our food heritage in a National Geographic story entitled “Food Ark”. Here is a brief excerpt from the recently published article about the work that Diane Ott Whealy has invested into creating an extensive seed exchange:

Climate Change Puts South India Under Water


Even as the world prepares for the grand climate meet at Copenhagen this December, a large part of South India has gone under water. And while talks have already begun on coming up with an equitable deal and the very fear that there may be none, over 300 people have already lost their lives while […]

Hunger Increases in San Francisco


In San Francisco, over 150,000 people live at or far below the the poverty line, and are in desperate need of food aid; in 2008 the food bank alone distributed 33 million pounds of food to local hungry residents, many of whom are seniors and children.

San Francisco’s Food Security Task Force has just released information showing the huge increase in numbers of people needing food assistance and the growing strain that is being put on food relief agencies. Hunger is soaring and donations have been droppping. Food pantries have seen a 13.5% increase in need from the year before. During the federal fiscal quarter (Jul., Aug, Sep) of 2008 Glide Memorial Church alone saw an 18.9% increase in the number of meals served from the previous year. And our economy is continuing to decline; unemployment in the Bay Area is nearly in double digits.

China to Miss its 2010 Ethanol Target


According to a recent Reuters report, China will miss its 2010 ethanol as fuel target. This is because China is not relaxing control over non-grain feedstocks, at the same time as restricting ethanol production through grain. “We are unable to meet the ethanol target. The major reason is because of a shortage of raw material,” […]