Author: Raj Verma

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The food transportation challenge

“The world population increased from 3 billion in 1959 to 6 billion by 1999, a doubling that occurred over 40 years. The Census Bureau’s latest projections imply that population growth will continue into the...

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Why grow vegetables in your backyard ?

Almost all suburban and some urban home have yards. While growing vegetables in the front yard might be possible, your homeowners association might have a problem with it. However, there are no restrictions with...

US Universities leading urban farming

University of Maine Cooperative Extension University of Maine Cooperative Extension can provide you with practical, how-to solutions based on university research. UMaine Cooperative Extension is your doorway to University of Maine expertise. For over...

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The urban farming toolkit

City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. (USDA Urban Agriculture) Small...

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OpenAg: Building a Personal Food Computer

MIT Labs OpenAg Initiative MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture, or OpenAg, Initiative, an open-source agricultural research lab founded and directed by Caleb Harper.  Harper decries that the current food system is riddled with “an endless loop of...

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Rapid urbanization

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 80.7 percent of the U.S. population lived in urban areas as of the 2010 Census. While urban growth improves the quality of life, and makes modern services and amenities accessible...

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Trends in US home food preparation and consumption

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a research study with the aim to evaluate: Whether US...

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Growing waist size

  Industrial growth in the first half of the 20th century led to increase in urbanization, improvement in transportation and improved productivity which set a platform for innovation and policy reform. The railroads expanded...