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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

August 14, 2015 |

seedstock1 Farming Goes High-Tech (OnPoint, WBUR)

Excerpt: As populations rise, arable land shrinks and the Earth grows warmer, we look at how technology and big data are coming deep into American farming.                            

2 LocalLocal Wants to Make Sure Your Local Food Is Legit (Houstonia Magazine)

Excerpt: An informative new website aims to connect diners, restaurants, farmers and ranchers.                     

3 Local Food Movement Tripled in 20 Years, Now Critics Are Taking Cheap Shots *Truth Out)

Excerpt: Why are some trying to tear down this movement?                                      

4 United Center gets new local food and drink options with ‘Chicago’s Plate’ (ABC 7 Chicago)

Excerpt: Some of Chicago’s top restaurants are coming together under one roof at the United Center.                                  

5 Founders of Gaia Gardens quit urban farming in protest of city inaction (ABQ Journal)

Excerpt: The founders of Gaia Gardens in Santa Fe are throwing in the towel on their urban farm, which has faced continued obstacles from zoning regulations.                      

6 Program will teach urban farming to prisoners (NBC15)

Excerpt: A new partnership will teach former inmates how to make a living as urban farmers.

7 Barren Brandeis rooftop transformed into feast for senses (The Boston Globe)

Excerpt: Creative thinking by an American studies class last fall has led to the transformation of a desolate spot atop a library into something else — a 2,000-square-foot garden that is a feast for the senses and a source of fresh food for the campus community and those in need.

8 Something’s Fishy In Brooklyn: Verticulture Wants To Raise Tilapia On A Rooftop Near You (Forbes)

Excerpt: Imagine you’re buying fish for dinner. You choose a tilapia that’s so fresh it was swimming around that same day — on a rooftop in your own neighborhood.

9 Rooftop gardening, and cooking lessons, come to new apartment building in Portland (The Portland Press Herald)

Excerpt: Residents of the Avesta mixed-income apartments on Cumberland Avenue can grow their own vegetables and learn to prepare them in state-of-the-art garden plots and kitchen.      

10 EDIBLE: Both Co. aquaponics does smart farming with the hope of slowing thirst and hunger (Monterey County Weekly)

Excerpt: When Will Suh’s friends found out he was into aquaponics, they stopped being his friends. He could commit career suicide on his own.

11 Greenhouse in East Chicago is adding aquaponics (

Excerpt: East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland is embarking on a gardening initiative to grow healthy organic vegetables and fruits using fish in a zero waste-enclosed loop system with no pesticides.

12 Travis Co. inmates investing time, energy into new aquaponics garden (KXAN)

Excerpt: Along with a bee farm, the Travis County Correctional Facility now has an aquaponic garden.             

13 Business – France and the US lead the food tech revolution (France 24)

Excerpt: While Silicon Valley cooks up eggless mayonnaise and salt without sodium, French entrepreneurs are doing away with supermarkets. Despite traditionally opposing approaches to food, the US and France are allied in a quest to modernise the way we eat.

14 Food tech startups raking in cash: survey (

Excerpt: Farm and food tech startups were red-hot in the first half of 2015, pulling in $2.06 billion from investors, a new survey showed Friday.

15 Growing Vegetables in Space, NASA Astronauts Tweet Their Lunch (NY Times)

Excerpt: The local food movement has reached the final frontier.                                   

16 Innovation is blooming at water-wise urban farms (LA Times)

Excerpt: As California moves through its fourth summer of drought, cutting back on water use means shorter showers, fuller dishwashers and drier lawns for most people living in urban areas.      

17 Turning the food desert of Filipinotown into an oasis of healthful eating (LA Times)

Excerpt: Growing up in Los Angeles’ historic Filipinotown, Ailene Ignacio didn’t reflect much on healthful eating. She ate where her family ate, usually at one of the neighborhood’s fast-food joints serving burgers, tacos and teriyaki bowls. 

18 Urban farm’s growth a ‘godsend’ for Waukegan food pantries (Chicago Tribune)

Excerpt: GreenTown Waukegan is living up to its name this summer in a big way, supplying large, overflowing bags of fresh produce weekly to a food pantry on the city’s north side.

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