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United Arab Emirates: Phil Dunn, A resident of the Sustainable city vowed to sustain himself for 365 days eating only food sourced in The Sustainable City Farm.

Community gardens and fish tanks: Dubai expat embarks on year-long project to eat ‘only local’

By Karen Ann Monsy
Khaleej Times
December 25, 2020

(Must see. Mike)

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Years ago, landscape architect Phil Dunn was involved in the design and construction of The Sustainable City in Dubai. Even back then, the Canadian expat intended for the landscape to have productive, not just aesthetic, value. Now, he’s putting it all to the test with a vow to sustain himself exclusively on food produced by his local community for the next 365 days.

The Sustainable Human Project — conceived during the lockdown when food security issues were at the fore of public conversation — will see Phil growing his own fruits and vegetables in community garden plots. “Currently, I’ve got eggplants, moringa, sweet potato leaves, garlic, lettuce, and chillies,” says Phil. “It’s going to be a mainly vegetarian diet, but once a week, I’ll do a little fishing in the aquaponic tank we have here for some fish too.”

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December 26, 2020   Comments Off on United Arab Emirates: Phil Dunn, A resident of the Sustainable city vowed to sustain himself for 365 days eating only food sourced in The Sustainable City Farm.

United Arab Emirates: Why Have High-Rise Balcony Gardens Become A Hot Trend In Dubai?

Kris Ang Marteja and her garden.Kris Ang Marteja

UAE citizens are urban farmers in the making, despite having regular full-time jobs.

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The UAE imports almost all of the food it consumes. Around 90 per cent of the food consumed in Dubai has come from a far, clocking up a lot of food miles.

Fresh produce comes from places like India, Iran, Lebanon, North and South America, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, UK, and Egypt.

As a result, the UAE is keen to develop more solutions for crop production at home. Especially in the desert – an area that struggles with issues of food insecurity.

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December 18, 2020   Comments Off on United Arab Emirates: Why Have High-Rise Balcony Gardens Become A Hot Trend In Dubai?

Israel: You’ve got kale: Grocery chain to sell salad leaves, herbs grown on ‘green wall’

A Vertical Field container stationed at the Tel Aviv port (Courtesy)

Vertical Field has signed ‘multi-million dollar’ deal with Rami Levy supermarkets to offer customers fresh produce picked from vertical farms

By Shoshanna Solomon
The Times of Israel
13 December 2020

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The crops, which include lettuce, basil, parsley, kale and mint, will be sold daily, directly to clients after harvest, “at competitive prices,” the statement added.

The walls will be in containers stationed outdoors, on the premises of the supermarkets. Customers will be able to buy the produce on the spot from a seller who will pick the produce from the container and hand it over, with payment happening on the spot.

Customers will also have the option of purchasing the produce with the soil bedding that it was grown in, “allowing the customers to enjoy all the nutritional benefits of a freshly harvested crop and a longer shelf life,” the statement said.

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December 16, 2020   Comments Off on Israel: You’ve got kale: Grocery chain to sell salad leaves, herbs grown on ‘green wall’

Israeli supermarket employs vertical farm start-up for selling produce

A Vertical Field “Urban Farm” uses BIOLED eco-lighting technology to grow produce for a Rami Levy supermarket in Bnei Brak.

The new technologies eliminate the need to rely on outdoor growers and suppliers while also providing a fresher, more eco-friendly product which needs much less water and land to grow.

By Idan Zonshine
The Jerusalem Post
November 24, 2020

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Rami Levy, one of Israel’s largest supermarket chains, has been cooperating with two Israeli agri-tech start-ups to erect large containers to grow fruit and vegetables, which will be sold in the chain’s stores.

Vertical Field, a Ra’anana based agri-tech start-up which creates vertical, urban farms using geoponic technology, agricultural expertise and smart design, teamed up with BIOLED, a Tzuba-based eco-lighting start-up that uses LED lights to create more sustainable, profitable crops in order to erect the growing containers.

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December 1, 2020   Comments Off on Israeli supermarket employs vertical farm start-up for selling produce

Egypt: As tourists disappear, Bedouins revive ancient farming roots

In the highlands around the town, Bedouin tribes have a long history of small-scale farming and goat herding before a boom in package tourism

By Menna Farouk
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Nov 9, 2020
Saint Catherine, Egypt

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“The capacity to live from the land is something that sets the Bedouin apart and its economic advantages – and the extra safety it gives – is more clear than ever in a pandemic,” he added.

South Sinai’s governorate launched a series of agricultural projects in August in Saint Catherine to support Bedouin communities, including plans to build greenhouses, training programs, and the distribution of olive seedlings.

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November 16, 2020   Comments Off on Egypt: As tourists disappear, Bedouins revive ancient farming roots

Iran: Rural-to-urban migration down to zero: official

Although statistics showed that only seven percent of the rural women are working, it can be argued that in fact out of the 6.4 million women aged 15 to 65, about 40 percent are active as many of whom are involved in farming, animal husbandry, and poultry,” she explained.

Tehran Times
Nov 1, 2020

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Many efforts have been made over the past couple of years by the government to support villagers and slow down the trend of migration from rural areas to cities.

Rural tourism, agritourism, religious tourism, and ecotourism are alternatives or complementary economic activities that could further stimulate rural development while decreasing rural community dependency on one main economic sector (agriculture, forestry, energy, or mining).

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November 7, 2020   Comments Off on Iran: Rural-to-urban migration down to zero: official

Israeli start-up makes vertical farms to grow crops in city parking lots

Vertical farms subvert the space limitations of cities by allowing for portable, shipping container-esque produce farms that can operate in any urban environment.

By Aaron Reich
The Jerusalem Post
October 28, 2020

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These vertical, sustainable farms were developed by Ra’anana-based Vertical Field through the use of geoponic technology, agricultural expertise and smart design. This is especially useful in “urban food deserts,” which are often lacking in available space for crop cultivation.

The vertical farms subvert this limitation by creating vertical growing platforms to essentially farm produce on walls. These greenhouse crop-fields are portable, and are around the size of shipping containers ranging from 20 feet to 40 feet, which can fit right in a parking lot, allowing supermarkets and groceries to grow and sell their own home-grown produce right outside the door.

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November 4, 2020   Comments Off on Israeli start-up makes vertical farms to grow crops in city parking lots