Urban Farmers Fight Legal Hurdles

Courtesy Hemera/Thinkstock In attempts to grow foods locally, some urban farmers have violated local laws. While aphids are raiding gardens for a taste of the tomatoes, city officials are conducting raids of their own, handing out fines to urban farmers for breaking the law. Yep, growing tomatoes—or any food crops—is illegal in some municipalities. Certain […]

Where’s Your Water Source?

The majority of Americans don’t think about how water reaches their faucet. Water comes from the tap, right? A surprising number of Americans seem to think so, according to the results of a new poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy. In March, independent researchers polled 961 Americans over the age of 18 and reported that […]

Residents Compete to Reduce CO2

Residents Compete to Reduce CO2 – Urban Farm OnlineResidents Compete to Reduce CO2A competition to save energy has one Michigan town measuring its greenhouse-gas emissions.A competition to save energy has one Michigan town measuring its greenhouse-gas emissions.greenhouse-gas emissions, CO2 emissions, Ann Arbor, Energy Challenge, household emissions, energyBy Jodi HelmerMarch 11, 2011 Courtesy Greenovation.TV Ann Arbor, […]

South L.A. Fights Food Deserts

Courtesy Steve Mason/Photodisc/Thinkstock In order to fight food deserts and make room for healthy food options, South Los Angeles now limits the building of new fast-food restaurants. There’s no shortage of fast-food restaurants in South City of Angels. On the contrary: The City Council estimates that there are close to 1,000 fast-food restaurants in a […]

NYC Community Gardens Hit the Map

Courtesy GardenMaps.org At GardenMaps.org, New Yorkers can search for community gardens based on specific criteria they’re looking for. Searching for a community garden in SoHo with a composting program, fruit trees and a partnership with local schools? There’s a map for that. A brand-new online map, GardenMaps.org, launched in December 2010, to allow users to […]

Collaborating in the Name of Food

Courtesy Hemera/Thinkstock Four national agencies collaborated to create the Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System, a shared platform for creating sustainable food systems. Just as a healthy diet requires a mix of different food groups, a healthy food system requires a mix of different organizations. In 2009, national leaders from four agencies—the American Planning […]

Green Movement Still Has Skeptics

Courtesy Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Thinkstock Men and women are divided on whether buying eco-friendly products really makes a difference. For Michael and Vanessa Martin, shopping for paper towels, dish detergent and tile cleaner often leads to a discussion in the supermarket aisles about the environment. Michael would prefer to spend less on conventional products while Vanessa […]

Model Law Makes Green Building Accessible

Courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock The Center for Climate Change Law created a model green-building ordinance as a resource that can be implemented by small cities. When it comes to green-building ordinances, size matters. Big cities have bigger budgets, which means there’s more cash to spend on researching and writing ordinances that promote and regulate green building. Faced […]

Urban Farming to Get Corporate Boost

Courtesy Stock.XCHNG Two New York developers have teamed up to take the city’s urban farming to a larger scale, and they’re paying attention to sustainability in the process. New York is better known for Times Square and Central Park than food production and urban farming, but two developers are looking to change that. Full Spectrum […]

New Green Guide to Flush False Eco Claims

Photo by Stephanie Staton The Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide revisions are to ensure that your planet-friendly cleaner really is what it says. Let’s face it, green sells. Consumers want products that are biodegradable, organic and made with renewable materials—and that means companies are eager to make those claims about their goods and services. To […]