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An Urban Bowery for your Lifeline
Green spaces abound everywhere in the city and converting them into Food Gardens or orchards may help provide both food security and a better resilience for when the Supply Grid falters. No need to worry about the shelves of your supermarket running out during an extreme situation when you can walk a couple of blocks and get both free fresh produce or cheap local food from the municipal garden. They can even provide heirloom seeds for your own home garden needs!
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Food Forests: Start Growing One in Your Backyard!
Food Forests are better than crop fields as a source of food. Mono-cropping vast tracts of land uses up precious and limited resources and drains the land of its nutrients. A food forest is a self-sustaining ecosystem for any type of organic food production in your backyard or in your homestead. Even in an urban setting, any open spaces may be assigned to a food growing ecoystem built around a Food Forest and this will be an enormous boost to the local community than just ornamental foliage and walking parks.
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Living Near Trees Keeps People Happy and Healthy
A recent study confirms that living near trees helps people stay sane and healthy. Green living isn't just about keeping a Food Forest in your backyard but having trees growing everywhere in our communities. Instead of manicured and sculpted gardens and parks of ornamental plants, creating an urban forest park and urban food forests might be the best renewal project for our communities. People in Toronto already vouch that they'd choose living near trees over a pay raise or living in a posh, treeless neighborhood.
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Rewilding the Earth: Starting with Urban Spaces
Half the earth is now denuded because of man turning almost any wildlands into development sprawls or mono-crop agricultural pastures. Starting with trees for rewilding urban spaces and reduce pollution and flooding, urban planners can slowly make living urban spaces a happy communal area. A bioscientist has proposed rewilding half the earth to keep our planet alive. Check out simple yet essential solutions to climate change that we should consider.
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Keep Track of Growing Food: Farm Start-Ups!
Growing food and keeping a farm together has gone Internet-of-Things with farm start-ups providing real-time farm management tools: digital soil sensors, weather pattern recognition systems, and online vegetable garden planners! You can even purchase a self-contained portable farm from Freight Farms. Even our own Department of Agriculture is developing soil sensors for real-time RICE farm management systems for Pinoy farmers.
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NASA Study: Devil's Vine Filters Indoor Pollutants
Among the readily available and inexpensive indoor plants you can get for filtering and soaking up airborne pollutants in your home, the Devil Vine or Devil's Ivy is one hardy and prolific creeper that you should grow in your backyard. When you have some, make some cuttings for desktop plants for indoors too. Devil's Vine has been proven in some bio-studies by NASA on the Internation Space Station to filter benzene and formaldehyde very well. Avoid getting cancer from pollutants that soak the air in your home and get some Devil's Vine potted in some containers for your indoor organic air filter system.
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Radishes: Unsung Antioxidant Veggie
The radish is a staple of sinigang meat dishes among Pinoys, an ingredient of the Japanese wasabi spicy dip and of Korean Kimchi too.. But this vegetable staple of soups, salads and dips is unsung for its powerful antioxidant properties and healthy benefits to the body--from alakaline fixing, to cancer prevention and providing fiber to clean up your digestive tract. Eat more radish and regain your health.
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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Is Slow Poison, Choose Natural Organic Heirloom Foods Instead
It is of grave concern that our country allowed the biggest GMO conglomerate to set up shop locally. You see constant articles in print media and even on TV that are outright endorsements for biotech or GMO agriculture as the only saving grace for the country's food supply. The righteous path can never be travelled by the wicked because they will perish. Be aware what GMO presents and watch what foods out there are tampered biotech products.
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Fleet Farming: Orlando Community Volunteers Convert Lawns into Food Farms
Fleet Farming is a perfect example of a community based urban farming effort that promotes a sharing economy. They have a very organized system for making everything work including making use of fruits that would otherwise be spoiled--a gleaning operation meant to provide cheap and free food to the community. You can even pay them to set up your own food garden and harvest for yourself. If any good souls check them out, they would be the perfect rehab system for the urban poor, the rural disadvantaged and everyone else who wants to survive without being part of any rat race.
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Guerilla Gardening: Taking the Streets Back by Planting Food and Flowers
At a time when urban crime and homeless hungry kids roam the city streets as beggars, some enterprising people in urban cities in the U.S. are grafting fruit bearing branches onto park and sidewalk trees so that food can grow in the area. Many groups of guerilla gardeners roam urban streets in the west to reclaim public spaces for growing food and creating pollinator refuges. Going back to nature has also been advocated by some local lawmakers to solve complex urban problems with simple solutions like allowing ponds and catchments to exist in the city to solve floods. Guerilla gardeners want food to be available to everyone.
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