Urban agriculture, also known as urban farming or urban gardening, is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around urban areas. Put simply, it’s about being able to produce food within the limits of urban areas like dense cities or suburbs. Urban farming is an alternative way of growing that differs from traditional agricultural practices by utilizing vast areas with inadequate farmland.
According to the Human Rights Watch, 50.8% of First Nations Peoples living on reserves and 28.2% of Indigenous Peoples off reserve are food insecure. This is in comparison to only 11.1% of the total population excluding indigenous families in Canada. Food security is a global challenge that either directly or indirectly affects every human on the planet. Being a Canadian company focused on alleviating food insecurity, we wanted to explore the concept in more detail, and why it adversely impacts Indigenous Peoples living in Canada.
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1 in 5 people around the globe faces persistent problems with water scarcity. This shortage has led to a lack of clean drinking water, poor sanitation practices, unequal water distribution, and most catastrophically, deaths. What can you do to lessen your impact on the growing crisis of water scarcity?
It may be time to start growing our own produce. In a world where climate change and overpopulation are already a rising concern, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has made us increasingly conscious of food’s supply chain insecurities. COVID-19 has caused hiccups within production lines, and we have an uncomfortable dependence on frontline workers for our food needs. We lack localized distributed food systems, and our continued reliance on central agricultural zones has resulted in farmers having to recycle ripe crops due to the fragility of our supply networks.
Part of the allure of growing your own food is exercising greater control over what you eat. The assumption is that this is generally ‘better’ for you. At Just Vertical, we want to know if growing food hydroponically at home really improves nutritional habits. How to measure this objectively, however, is a monumental task.
In 2015, the UN released the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. In this document, 17 key goals were outlined to help guide the world to an equitable and prosperous future. These goals were what world leaders and leading NGOs considered necessary for global survival and prosperity. The second section of the goals focused on ending hunger, signaling how important this is for the future of the planet.
At Just Vertical, our goal is not to sell an AEVA. Our goal is to encourage thinking about environmental sustainability in a personal and healthy way. The AEVA is just one method to have a positive impact but it only works if it you can use it. This week I sat down with Co-Founder Kevin Jakiela to discuss some of the testing we do to ensure that you can get what we promise from the AEVA.
The EVE is built for the modern person on the move. Sleek, compact, mobile, and fast-growing. It has it all from the art-inspired looks to the science-backed growing method. We made this specifically for you. For you, the person with an active lifestyle The EVE germinates and grows 12 plants fast, use the EVE to grow quickly and harvest quickly to fit your fast-moving lifestyle. The EVE fits into any living space We create products that make growing accessible for any home. At only 18.5" wide it fits in corners, it works as a standalone piece on a wall, or...
Nothing is more important than providing your family with nutritious and fresh food. The only problem is that it’s difficult to get really healthy and fresh produce these days. Fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, and the focus is often on growing as much food as possible instead of as healthy as possible.
You’ve probably heard of vertical gardening by now, but do you really know what the benefits are? There are lots of benefits of growing produce with the AEVA. Too many to list all of them here, but we’ve collected what we believe are the most important ones in the infographic below. Read on and let us know if you think we forgot any!