Agriculture

December 20, 2008, 5am PST
With urban farms sprinkled throughout the island, Cuba is proving to be one of the world's most successful models of how to integrate agriculture into urban areas.
Reuters
December 3, 2008, 2pm PST
As more and more of China's "floating population" return from their city jobs to their farms, officials brace for backlash from the recently unemployed.
The Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2008, 2pm PDT
China's Communist ruling party has agreed to allow farmers to transfer land use rights for farming. The plan is designed to consolidate landholdings, discourage uneconomic farmers, and boost rural incomes for 750 million people.
Christian Science Monitor
October 27, 2008, 5am PDT
The next president should take farming seriously and personally, according to Neal Pierce, who writes that rethinking the scale of food production is smart for regions, the environment and the economy.
Citiwire
October 12, 2008, 7am PDT
Preserving farmland has always been a major issue in the U.S. But as Bill Fulton discusses, the local economic results don't quite justify the efforts.
Governing
August 20, 2008, 12pm PDT
The non-profit group Nuestras Raíces in Holyoke, Mass. has found urban agriculture a powerful community glue, providing increased food security and economic opportunity to the Puerto Rican population there.
The Atlantic
July 13, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The USDA is considering a plan to put conservation land back into agricultural production -- a move farmers are trumpeting, but environmentalists are opposing.</p>
The Washington Post
July 10, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Vancouver's South East False Creek community is making the production of food one of the major aspects of its preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Its emphasis on local food production is a model other cities may look to follow.</p>
BBC
July 3, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>In an effort to reduce shipping costs, Wal-Mart is cutting its food miles and passing the savings on to customer by selling locally grown produce.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Protests both peaceful and violent are breaking out across Europe and Asia as people's livelihoods begin to suffer from soaring fuel costs, and some stores are running out of food as truck drivers go on strike.</p>
This Is London
June 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Both farmers and the rural poor are hurting because gas prices are not only higher in Canada's rural areas, but the distances required to obtain food and other necessities are so great.</p>
The Globe and Mail
May 30, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>"Honey from the Hood" is one of the home-grown prodcuts from a Kensington neighborhood garden. To avoid soil contamination from this former industrial site, plants are grown in raised beds or hydroponically.</p>
The New York Times
May 22, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>For years, hipsters have sported trucker hats and rootsy fashion with a back-to-the-earth vibe. Now, some young professionals are heading back to the farm for real -- and taking their organic, pro-environment values with them.</p>
The New York Times
May 21, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Andres Duany led a recent charrette in Tsawwassen, B.C., resulting in a unique plan focused on walkability and local agriculture.</p>
Delta Optimist
April 21, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>America is reaching the limits of its water supply, signaling a need to change urban development, energy and agricultural practices, writes Shiney Varghese of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.</p>
AlterNet
April 9, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Ruben Anderson suggests that if automobile parking could be kept to properties, that could free up the former on-street parking to become Garden Streets, so that cities could grow much more of their own produce.</p>
AlterNet
March 15, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A severe drought in Australia has cut into the country's wheat production -- and pushed prices up all over the world.</p>
BBC
March 11, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Farmland in Central California's San Joaquin County is replaced with development more than any other county in the state -- a wasteful pattern that could create the "next L.A.", according to a new report.</p>
The Stockton Record
March 5, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Government subsidy programs designed to support the production of the four major food crops are limiting - even penalizing - small farmers' ability to meet regional demand for local fruits and vegetables.</p>
The New York Times
February 27, 2008, 11am PST
<p>To ward off crop extinctions in the event of some future catastrophe, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault opens today to receive thousands of seed samples from around the world.</p>
The Globe and Mail