San Francisco, and most cities, prohibits fruit-bearing trees on sidewalks and other public right-of-ways, saying they are health and safety hazards. The fear is that fallen, rotten fruits attract rats and squirrels and cause pedestrians to slip and fall. Many of the urban trees managed by the SF Department of Public Works are ornamental fruit trees such as apple, pear, plum, lemon, and cherry which produce normal leaves and flowers, but small or no fruit.
Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food &
TNI interviewed Miguel Altieri, Professor at the University of California Berkeley, about hunger, food and agroecological alternatives, during a day-long colloquium at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Monday December 12, 2011.
How will agroecological farming achieve the necessary scale to feed the world?
Olivier De Schutter,UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food speaking about why we need to unite food movements
Order the book Food Movements Unite! Strategies to transform our food system.
By Katie Brimm
Watch out Chaucer, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Aristotle, here comes Mint, Pea, Squash, and Kale, the new members of your local library. Seed library that is. With more than 30 already underway in the US, six of which are right here in the Bay Area, these pockets of public access are making neighborhoods more resilient to environmental changes and the ever-looming corporate controlled food system.
What Are They?
DEC 5 2011
By Barry Estabrook, a former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine. He is the author of the recently released Tomatoland , a book about industrial tomato agriculture. He blogs at politicsoftheplate.com .
Given that current production systems leave nearly one billion people undernourished, the onus should be on the agribusiness industry to prove its model, not the other way around.