In our coverage of the growing local food movement, we’ve been sharing several entrepreneurial efforts that have addressed the need for a focus on growing food on a small scale and distributing that food in an economic way to stores, specialty grocers, and restaurants.  This is a small but ever-increasing group of visionaries who see… Read More

10 Urban Agriculture Projects Making a Difference in Columbus, Ohio

In May 2017, EDA held our first “Our Common Good Conference” where we featured a presentation about carrying capacity in geographical areas around the country. The term “carrying capacity” refers to the ability or limitations of a geographical area to sustain life through the local availability of water and food production. One of the case studies shared in this presentation analyzed… Read More

Why Chicago Is Becoming The Country’s Urban Farming Capital

In recent blog articles we’ve shared the growing trend toward urban farming where some pioneers are using technology to transform old warehouse and industrial buildings into thriving indoor farms.  If you attend our conference in May there will be several presentations on bioregions and looking at carrying capacity for water and food production to serve… Read More

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

We recently published an article about the Local Food Movement that emphasized the importance of having access to healthy food – free of preservatives and chemicals.  While the natural trend in large-scale commercial farming is focused on heavy use of chemicals in fertilizing as crops are planted, and chemicals to preserve the food for long… Read More

The Local Food Movement

Recently we have posted several articles about the growing interest in accessing locally grown food.  There is an increasing awareness that many places in our country are suffering because there are no local groceries that offer healthy food to residents.  The term “food deserts” was introduced in a recent post to shine a light on… Read More

Food Deserts

The image of this desert triggers our imagination. It is a vast region that for the most part is without a lot of resources. Life in a desert is difficult to sustain, with the harsh environment offering little food or water. It is this image that triggered the term “Food Desert.” Sadly this is a… Read More

A Future Farming Industry Grows In Brooklyn

The startup Square Roots is training the next generation of urban farmers in a Bed-Stuy parking lot. One of the things that EDA believes in strongly is that sustainability in the future will rely on local efforts for food.  That can serve as a challenge in urban areas.  We recently released a post about the… Read More

World’s largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark

The interest in growing plants vertically was put in high gear in Milan, Italy  in 2011 with a project that was conceived by architect Stefano Boer to build a vertical forest.  He incorporated trees into the design of his high-rise residential towers.  His buildings were completed in 2015, and launched an interest in vertical farming… Read More

Take A Look At How Technology Makes Smart And Sustainable Farming

Sustainable farming requires innovation.  As climate change is impacting us, farming can be more and more challenging.  But at the same time, as our population is growing, the need for food is growing as well.  The new technologies that are being introduced to our farms are a testament to ingenuity and our increased need to… Read More

Five Global Challenges Designers and Architects Can Solve in 2017

We face enormous challenges in the future.  Our little planet seems to be struggling in its attempt to house our growing population and deal with the increased waste that this population generates each day.  The growth in population in turns puts a constant focus on how we’ll feed everyone, while our oceans are suffering from… Read More