Agriculture

October 6, 2010, 1pm PDT
A new report from The Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force calls for the government to take steps to increase accessibility to local, healthy food in urban areas.
Good
October 6, 2010, 11am PDT
Cities, not the agriculture heavy Central Valley, are the source of most of the runoff and pollution that enters the San Francisco Bay, according to a new report.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2010, 7am PDT
A proposed irrigation project near the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru that would divert water away from small villages has sparked violent protests.
Guardian
August 12, 2010, 7am PDT
Decommissioned farms and fields in California are being scouted as possible sited for renewable energy production.
The New York Times
August 10, 2010, 8am PDT
Urban agriculture is not a new idea. <em>Grist</em>'s Tom Philpott says the renewed interest in the idea should look for good ideas from its past.
Grist
July 23, 2010, 7am PDT
This piece from <em>Grist</em> looks at Prairie Crossing, a planned community in Illinois that integrates agriculture into its village-like setting.
Grist
July 14, 2010, 11am PDT
10 years after a town in England declared itself a "fairtrade" town, the ethical trading movement has grown to 500 towns across the world.
Guardian
July 9, 2010, 10am PDT
The relationship between agriculture and cities is becoming increasingly important. Daniel Nairn suggests building "garden blocks" within cities to meet community food needs.
Grist
June 17, 2010, 8am PDT
A new study shows that agricultural output in the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China will be three times as great as those in the developed world. Increasing urbanization is seen as one of the drivers of this growth
BBC
May 31, 2010, 1pm PDT
Development in rural America has long been a confounding problem. Increasing outmigration highlights the importance of finding new methods for economic development beyond agriculture.
The Daily Yonder
May 28, 2010, 7am PDT
With fruit prices way down, some farmers in British Columbia are taking their fields out of production and renting them out as RV parks. The government in Kelowna, BC, is not happy.
The Globe and Mail
March 31, 2010, 8am PDT
The local food movement is growing in popularity, but a lack of related agricultural and processing infrastructure is holding back its spread.
The New York Times
March 19, 2010, 5am PDT
Small farms are increasingly being integrated into new housing development proposals. One new project in Washington is betting on the growing popularity of local food to draw in homebuyers.
Crosscut
March 12, 2010, 1pm PST
In what The Guardian calls "the greatest change of ownership since the colonial era," enormous swaths of African land is being sold to foreign countries seeking agricultural lands to feed their growing populations.
The Guardian U.K.
February 13, 2010, 1pm PST
A plan to divert water from Northern California to the state's agricultural heart in the drought-stricken Central Valley has residents and officials on the offensive.
San Francisco Chronicle
February 3, 2010, 8am PST
This post from <em>The Nature Conservancy</em> examines the impact of urbanization on nature and finds that our rising food needs will be one of the most important implications.
The Nature Conservancy
January 29, 2010, 10am PST
Cityscape Farms has developed a new technique for farming fish along with vegetables in combined urban food systems that allows them to farm in developed areas.
Good
January 26, 2010, 7am PST
A university in British Columbia is opening a "biological pest control laboratory" to develop strategies for small and urban farms to control pests through microbe- and insect-based systems.
The Vancouver Sun
January 7, 2010, 9am PST
Local food and small farming are part of a growing food trend in the U.S. But, as Steph Larsen writes, the trend is going to need more infrastructure down the supply chain to sustain itself
Grist
January 6, 2010, 8am PST
NASA satellite imagery reveals that two of California's main groundwater sources are being rapidly depleted by agriculture and exurban development.
The Christian Science Monitor