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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

May 21, 2015 |

seedstock1 Reliance on trade makes food systems vulnerable |Scidev.net

Excerpt: As international trade picks up and local food stocks decline, food security may be at higher risk of impending crises.

2 Toward a Better Food System: Empowering Communities and Regulating Corporations | Truth-out

Excerpt: How we have landed ourselves with a global food system that generates hunger alongside of obesity, and what can we do about it?

3 Mobile Farms Move into Urban Setting | USDA

Excerpt: In the traditional sense, farming has always involved purchasing or leasing land to plow, plant, fertilize and harvest. As world population and land prices grow however, urban boundaries continue to expand, pushing farms and ranches farther away from the center of growing cities.

4 A Look at Some of Greater Boston’s Most Innovative Urban Gardens | Bostinno

Excerpt: Earlier this month the Boston Red Sox announced that Fenway Park is now home to a rooftop garden known aptly as Fenway Farms.

5 Debate rages over funding for ‘urban agriculture officer’ at inner city council | theage.com

Excerpt: Paying a gardener to encourage urban planting has sown discontent at Yarra Council.

6 Urban Farmers Say It’s Time They Got Their Own Research Farms | NPR’s The Salt

Excerpt: The University of the District of Columbia is the one land-grant university in the U.S. with an urban focus. It’s leading research on growing food in raised beds, hoop houses and shipping containers.

7 The Best Urban Farming In Chicago | Chicagoist

Excerpt: Today we share some of our favorite green spaces where you can get your urban farming on, support local farmers or simply volunteer and connect with nature.

8 Panel: Sustainable food entrepreneurs have to get gritty. |  Monterey County

Excerpt: On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12-13, Monterey Bay Aquarium invited scholars, policymakers, industry experts and reporters together for its 10th annual Sustainable Foods Institute.

9 Silicon Valley’s clean tech investors eyeing sustainable food, experts say |Under Current News  

Excerpt: Food is becoming the epicenter of the growing responsible investment movement in the San Francisco Bay area’s Silicon Valley, panelists said during the impact investing discussion at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Food Institute last week.

10 New sustainable brewing, culinary arts programs in high demand at KVCC health campus | MLive

Excerpt: Classes for culinary arts and sustainable food systems and the sustainable brewing program are filling up.

11 Wisconsin family creates aquaponics business for sustainable farming | Wisconsin Gazette

Excerpt: The Krause family owns and operates Windy Drumlins, which grows sustainable crops using a state-of-the-art aquaponics greenhouse.

12 Has ag tech failed the dream of sustainable agriculture? | Venture Beat

Excerpt: Silicon Valley has taken a very compartmentalized approach to solving agricultural problems, and while well-intentioned, most people working in ag tech have great backgrounds in technology, but not in food. As a result, ag tech tends to provide only symptomatic relief.

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