• Tallinn community gardens, Artjom Kutuzov.

Food production in a planetary city

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-12-16T04:37:53-05:004 October 2022|Agriculture|

SPIN Unit is a research and innovation practice dedicated to discovering urban values. In this piece they discuss the challenges of food production in a planetary city. In this case the term “planetary city” refers to a city that lives according to the “planetary diet,” one that would make it possible to respect the 1.5-degree target set in the Paris Agreement, i.e. much less meat and dairy, and a much greater focus on fruits, vegetables, and plant protein. The goal of the project was to look at the various challenges to the food supply chain in a changing climate and crumbling ecosystems.

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“Rurbanization” could bring agriculture in cities

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-10-24T04:23:26-04:0022 September 2022|Agriculture|

Good piece at WIRED, on scientists investigating how designers and planners can ruralize cities, greening roofs, and empty lots. If we bring some of what we grow nearer to where we live, can we enhance our connection with food? Can we make food more accessible? Can we improve local ecosystems?

The ‘world’s first library farm’

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-22T10:43:48-04:0014 July 2022|Agriculture|

Some great things just go together, even if sometimes it takes a while before someone has the idea of trying the combination. That’s what Meg Backus, at the time Northern Onondaga Public Library’s (NOPL) adult programming director and public relations coordinator, proved. Backus saw empty land across the street from the library and pitched the idea of setting up a garden on the library’s land. Soon enough, 40 members were bringing “their own water, seeds, seedlings, and other growing provisions to investigate whether that land could produce.”

  • The food industry profits off of high volumes of cheap, disposable food. Credit: Peter Bond

Reducing the social and environmental impacts of food waste

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T08:04:47-04:004 January 2022|Agriculture|

Food waste is a problem a growing number of consumers are aware of, but it’s not only about waste at home, but there are also multiple steps in the food chain and waste occurs at every one of them. This piece at Shareable looks at three challenges of the food chain and three apps addressing some aspects of it.

  • Plants sit between two sets of windows in the building’s “double-skin facade.” The interior of the building would also feature other trees and flowers to incorporate nature into its design. Credit: Carlo Ratti Associati

Skyscraper height farms?

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T08:09:06-04:0014 December 2021|Agriculture|

Most people interested in cities would, I believe, agree that hydroponic farms will very likely be part of the mix of solutions for food cultivated in and around cities. Probably vertical hydroponic farms. Skyscraper height farms, especially ones integrating other amenities like office space, a supermarket and a food court? Now that definitely remains to be seen!

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