The European Union plans to restrict the use of three pesticides to protect bee populations. Bees are critically important to the environment by providing pollination for a wide variety of crops and wild plants, thereby ensuring biodiversity. In the past decade, beekeepers have noticed a steady decline in the bee population which could have dire long-term consequences for the environment. This proposed ban by the EU of three neonicotinoid pesticides on plants and cereals that attract bees is welcome news to farmers, beekeepers and environmentalists. To read more about it, click here.
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On April 18, 2013, the City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled its food charter and action plan which will transform it into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec.
The action plan which was announced during a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library Complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, a farmer’s market, community gardens, as well as the distribution of food boxes. To read more on the press conference, click here.
To read more about the action plan and food charter, click here.
Come to the library to celebrate Earth Day and partake in our special events (see March 23 blog for details).
Also, take a look at our Reference island display featuring some of our library’s resources on the environment and consult our handout for useful links and a list of our most recent resources. For more resources, search our on-line catalogue using such subjects as environmental protection, sustainability, recycling, ecology, pollution.
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Here are two books newly arrived in our library which take a look at urban agriculture and permaculture.
The permaculture handbook by Peter Bane. This book looks at the urban landscape which has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems. This title casts garden farming as both an economic opportunity and a strategy for living well with less money.
The good food revolution : growing healthy food, people and communities by Will Allen and Charles Wilson. This book describes the author’s early experiences as a sharecropper’s son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate, and employ thousands of at-risk youths.