🦃 The most expensive Thanksgiving in 37 years
November 25, 2022
Are we feeling the crunch this Turkey Day? That's because this year's Thanksgiving dinner was projected to be the most expensive in 37 years. More on that and our other top stories:
🌸 Flowers look pretty in public parks, but what if trees grew apples or zucchini?
🍎 Be it with vegetable gardens on rooftops or yards, these 'edible cities' are helping influence sustainable practices. About 150 cities across the US and Europe are using public land to grow free fruits and veggies.
🏙️ The concept comes from 'victory gardens' during the World War era when public parks were used to produce food for the war effort.
It began in Germany
🏞️ Andernach, a German settlement in the Rhine river valley, is the country's first 'edible city.'
🌾 The project, started in 2010, specializes in producing all organic items. Many public spaces are used to grow food that anyone can harvest free of charge.
Europe's metropolis munch
👨🌾 Peas&Love, offering city dwellers access to urban farms for a monthly fee, has expanded across 7 sites in France and Belgium.
🤝 There's enough to go around — organizers don't have a problem with people taking more than they need.
🏡 The project has been well-received, as the lands being converted into fruiting gardens or orchards were previously unkempt.
The US isn't far behind
🌳 'Food forests' in Atlanta ensure that 85% of residents are within half a mile of free-to-harvest fresh food.
🌆 Detroit, Chicago, and other US cities also lead the growing urban movement.
Rebuilding food sovereignty one rooftop at a time
🚚 Edible cities are pivotal as they could help reduce the carbon footprint of food production and create a secure supply chain.
💸 They also ensure food sovereignty in countries like Uganda, which faces the challenges of food insecurity.
💼 They provide a source of income to families and small-scale producers, who can sell the surplus. Apart from raising awareness, the gardens also offer long-term job opportunities to unemployed people.
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