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FUTURE CAPE TOWN |Expo Milano 2015 : How to feed our planet of 7 billion people

Expo Milano 2015 is described as a proces of active participation among a large number of players around the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. It is open from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Why all cities should have a Department of Food

Swathes of US society are affected by a key oversight in planning, the lack of a local food policy. Low-income households especially face the harsh consequences of scant access to sustainable, healthy food. Should we have a Department of Food?

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Why our city makes us fat and sick

Launching with World Food Day 2014, The Food Dialogues Report aims to ignite a conversation around creating a healthier, more conscious and just food system in the Mother City. In this chapter, the report looks at the impact of the layout of the city on those who are most food insecure.

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6 questions on urban agriculture: A #CityTalk review

In last week’s #CityChat with This Big City, we discussed the reinvention of urban agriculture. We take a look at what you thought.

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#CityTalk: Is the Future of Agriculture Urban?

Urban sprawl and rapid urbanisation have pushed agricultural lands beyond its core population and supply has become a complex logistical endeavour. Perhaps as a response to these shifts in production, urban agriculture has been gaining popularity in cities around the world. Join #CityTalk as we discuss urban agriculture and its social, cultural and economic implications.

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WATCH: Urbanisation and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years.

About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialisation and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city. Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations.

There are many opportunities to solve the problems and realise the potential of the Philippi Horticultural Area, a food-growing gem in the middle of Cape Town. Image: Mail & Guardian

The Opportunities Await in Philippi

If there‚Äôs one good thing to come out of the recent controversy around the Philippi Horticultural Area, it is that more people now know that it exists. Whether the redrawing of the urban edge and subsequent development goes ahead or not, it’s worth considering the tremendous opportunities that lie in this hidden gem of Cape Town.

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Bold City: A Bold Vision for Philippi Horticulture Area

Bold Idea: The Phillippi Horticultural Area is vital for Cape Town’s food and water security. The aim is topreserve this unique agricultural area while allowing for sustainable development through democratic processes. This is a bold idea because the City wants to develop the land without properly considering the impact this will have on the city’s food and water security, and presents a community vision for the future of Cape Town’s breadbasket.

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WATCH: How Food Shapes Our Cities

How does food shape our cities? Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to “read” cities to understand how they work.

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The facts: Philippi Horticultural Area

[ August 6, 2013; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA) has been in the spotlight of later as the Mayor of Cape Town pushes through a recommendation which could see housing being developed on this land. In anticipation of the decision, the Phillippi community and Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance have shared their facts on the matter.