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Urban Farming is Booming, But What Does it Really Yield?

(Note: This story was updated on 5/7/15 to add source for percent of food grown in cities) Midway through spring, the nearly bare planting beds of Carolyn Leadley’s Rising Pheasant Farms, in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit, barely foreshadow the cornucopian abundance to come. It will be many months before Leadley is …

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Borderlands Food Bank: Cutting Food Waste at The Border

Just across the border from Nogales, Ariz., rows of north-bound trucks line up for inspection. Over half of the produce that’s grown in Mexico and imported — $4 billion worth — comes through this border crossing. Most gets distributed to all parts of the U.S. and Canada, but some fruits …

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Fields of Toxic Pesticides Surround the Schools of Ventura County

When Dayane Zuñiga started running for Oxnard High School’s track team a few years ago, she often noticed an odd odor coming from the strawberry fields on her route. A farming community between the beach towns of Santa Barbara and Malibu, California, Oxnard is among the largest strawberry-growing regions in …

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