Natural News – New Boston Law promotes Local Agriculture -5-9-14

Boston

(NaturalNews) One of the oldest cities in the U.S. has approved legislation to begin developing the “most comprehensive transactional urban agriculture system in the country,” according to the Cornucopia Institute.

In January 2012, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), along with the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives (MOFI), embarked on a planning and zoning process to address urban agriculture in the City of Boston. The national local food movement, including urban farming and sustainability, has swept across the country, particularly gaining momentum throughout the last 14 months.

Article 89 was derived after the 25-member Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group spent nearly two years discussing varying facets of urban agriculture with BRA and MOFI to create a plan including the nation’s best practices for urban farming. Article 89 addresses many activities, including farming on both the ground and rooftops.

However, it only addresses commercial endeavors, which do not include community or backyard gardens.

Adopted into law in December 2013, the newest article to the Boston Zoning Code addresses a wide range of agricultural activities throughout Boston, most notably farming. The update to the Zoning Code will facilitate the development of many diverse urban agriculture activities, including reducing barriers to commercial agriculture, thereby promoting economic opportunity and self-sufficiency for food producers.

Urban agriculture takes many forms. Some of these forms include ground-level produce farms, rooftop greenhouses and even backyard honeybees.

Ground-level farms typically refer to farms located on a ground plane. These include row crops planted in the ground or raised beds, greenhouses, hydroponics, aquaponics and aquaculture. The new law allows all ground-level farms up to one acre outright in ALL zoning districts throughout the city. Ground-level farms greater than one acre are allowed in industrial areas and are conditional in other areas.

Roof-level farming is particularly fascinating in that it cleverly utilizes space in a big city like Boston. They also help moderate building temperatures, in turn creating a greener city. Open-air roof-level farms as large as 5,000 square feet are now allowed in ALL zooming districts and sub-districts.

Freight container farming, an emerging development expected to grow even more popular, is also encouraged under article 89. Freight containers, initially designed for shipping by train, are now being used for hydroponics and aquaponics.

Freight containers become obsolete after five years once their refrigeration units fail. Because they’re already equipped with insulation, they’re ideal for growing year-round in a climate-controlled, artificially illuminated environment.

Not only will article 89 promote urban farming in Boston, but it’s going to facilitate the practice in areas where it’s needed the most, underserved communities. Experts say allowing urban farming in the city will help boost underprivileged communities by providing new opportunities for local business growth and will also help develop knowledge and provide education about healthy eating.

Urban farms in Boston will be a source of fresh produce for neighborhoods and local restaurants and shops, as well as an opportunity for community-supported enterprises to fill valuable educational and social roles. Article 89 will help Bostonians grow and access healthy food while ensuring that farming activities remain compatible with their urban surroundings.

Boston previously had zoning codes in place for community gardens, but farmers weren’t allowed to sell their goods, meaning restaurants were unable to buy local produce from farms within the city limits.

Now, not only can farmers sell their products directly, but they can have farm stands right on their farm. Officials hope this will help promote economic viability for the farm and encourage residents to buy local.

At least five urban farms are being developed this spring in predominantly lower income neighborhoods; each one is at least a quarter of an acre.

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/045044_urban_farming_Boston_local_agriculture.html#

Additional sources:

https://www.cityofboston.gov

[PDF] http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/045044_urban_farming_Boston_local_agriculture.html##ixzz31Cgkpfx7

Dolphins Granted Personhood by Government of India – Mike Adams of Natural News.com

Article reposted from Natural News .com

890         2
[Share this Article]
(NaturalNews) Dolphins have been granted “non-human personhood” status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals).

The decision was announced by India’s Minister of the Environment and Forests which also outlawed captive dolphin shows. The ministry added that dolphins “should have their own specific rights.” (SOURCE)

Dolphins are extremely intelligent mammals with a highly-developed social structure. Recent research shows that dolphins call each other by name and can remember the unique name whistles from old “friends” heard just one time 20 years ago.

Dolphins choose their own unique name — a series of complex whistles — before they reach one year of age. From that point forward, all the other dolphins in their social group call them by that unique name.

Dolphins use highly-complex grammatical communications
Previous research has shown that dolphins have human-like self awareness and engage in highly complex communications with other dolphins using grammatical sentence structure. Yes, dolphins have their own complete language, much like humans. (See the Dolphin Communication Project.) The main difference between dolphin language and human language is that dolphins aren’t vaccinated as young children and injected with brain-damaging mercury. Therefore, dolphins grow up able to speak in fully coherent sentences while many humans now are cognitively deficient and unable to compose meaningful sentences. (They are literally brain damaged by vaccines, mercury fillings and toxic chemicals in foods, medicines and personal care products. Idiocracy has arrived!)

As this 1999 scientific paper on dolphin communication explains about a dolphin named “Ake:”

…the relation of thematic role to word order were firmly incorporated into Ake’s concepts of the grammar of the language, strongly suggesting knowledge of argument number. Overall, this set of findings underscores the robustnesss of comprehension by Ake of her learned language… [the test] required an understanding of grammatical and semantic relations and of pragmatic issues deriving from the link between thematic role and syntactic position.

Ake, in other words, is grammatically smarter than many adult humans as is evidenced by the fact that many human beings no longer have any ability to parse meaningful concepts from language and instead are nothing more than “hypnosis subjects” who punch chads at the voting booths and live on Cheetos and Gatorade.

Why I support the “personhood” of cetaceans
Let the record show that I fully support non-human personhood status for dolphins and other cetaceans (whales, dolphins, purpoises). The idea of violently kidnapping these intelligent mammals from their wild habitat and forcing them to engage in parlor tricks for an audience of sunburned, nutrient-depleted vaccine-damaged ice cream-licking over-medicated drooling human children is wildly offensive to all intelligent beings (meaning the dolphins).lphin-Fr…RUt8ah

Natural News – Turmeric Produces Mind-Blowing Recovery From Dementia Symptoms

Turmeric produces mind-blowing recovery from dementia symptoms, multiple case studies show

turmeric

(NaturalNews) If you or a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of dementia, there is hope and healing to be found in turmeric. Based on the recent findings of three independent case studies, turmeric, whose primary active ingredient is curcumin, has the power not only to heal both the behavior and psychological symptoms associated with dementia, but also help lead to full recovery of the disease in as little as just a few months.

A traditional cooking spice that has been used copiously throughout India and Southeast Asia for many millennia, turmeric has been the subject of myriad scientific studies in recent years. The circulatory, digestive, and neurological systems of the body, it turns out, are all positively impacted by turmeric, and the seemingly never-ending list of diseases for which the spice is known to provide healing is continually expanding all the time.

This is definitely the case with regards to turmeric’s impact on cognitive health, as evidenced by new research out of Japan. The chief physician at Kariya Toyota General Hospital in Kariya City and his colleagues evaluated three separate case studies involving turmeric and came to some fascinating conclusions about the herb’s therapeutic value. In each case, turmeric was shown to both relieve dementia symptoms and improve overall cognitive function.

“In a study involving three patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, whose cognitive decline and Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia were severe, exhibiting irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy, supplementation with turmeric powder capsules for over one year was found to be associated with improvement in symptoms,” wrote the authors of the study in their summary.

“Total score on the Neuro-Psychiatric Inventory-brief questionnaire decreased significantly in both acuity of symptoms and burden of caregivers after 12 weeks of treatment,” they added. “Score on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) went up five points (from 12/30 to 17/30) in one of the cases, and the other two cases were able to recognize their family within one year of treatment.”

Consuming a little as one gram of turmeric daily for three months can lead to ‘remarkable improvements’

 

So while the conventional disease industry continues to waste billions of dollars searching for a pharmaceutical-based silver bullet “cure” for dementia, a simple, inexpensive cooking spice made from a plant is already getting the job done. Taking as little as one gram, or roughly one-quarter of a teaspoon, of turmeric powder or extract daily, it turns out, is enough to produce mind-blowing improvements in dementia symptoms.

Earlier research published in the journal Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology back in 2008 corroborates this fact, having found that turmeric’s natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying mechanisms help improve memory in patients with dementia. Simply consuming more of this flavorful spice as part of one’s normal diet, in other words, has the potential to completely transform brain health and alleviate even the worst dementia symptoms.

“Curcumin as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic action improves the cognitive functions in patients with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease),” wrote the authors of this earlier study in their Abstract. “Due to various effects of curcumin, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with AD has improved.”

You can read this full paper here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/