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Revised Laws and Urban Farming Projects Provide New Opportunities for Urban Gardeners

Urban Gardening

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  • Urban farming and community gardens are rising in popularity across the US, which is an important step toward building a more sustainable food system
  • Growing and raising your own food is a way to improve your health, conserve energy and resources, and help the environment
  • Zoning laws and urban farming rules are outdated and out of step with today’s world, but many cities are stepping up to the plate to set an example of how laws can be changed to support sustainable food
  • Two urban farmers share their innovative and inspirational views via TED talks; the “Gangster Gardener” inspired a gardening movement in LA after nearly being arrested for planting veggies on a dead strip of grass
  • Turning your lawn into a vegetable garden is not only good for your health, but also good for the earth and its wildlife; lawns are monocultures that are worse for the planet than cornfields, according to one study

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