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This ordinance amends the Downtown and Urban Districts section of the Madison zoning code. The ordinance establishes design standards; establishes building material standards and use; lists all permitted and conditional uses, including allowing community and market gardening, and farmers market; establishes certain standards and procedures for the downtown core district, including design review and alterations to approved designs; and establishes standards and uses for zoning districts.
This ordinance makes it unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County.
This ordinance amends the administrative code of the city of New York so that city employees are prohibited from inquiring into a person's immigration or citizenship status when he or she applies for or renews a food vendor's license. In addition, the ordinance requires that information about an applicant's immigration or citizenship status will not affect the consideration of a license application.
This report describes characteristics of LGBT adults in California in relation to their vulnerability to economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings of the report show that about 612,000 LGBT Californians were living below 200% of the federal poverty level prior to the pandemic; among these people, poverty was especially concentrated among young people and people of color. In addition, many LGBT Californians rent their homes, have experienced food insecurity, and are employed in industries that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Thus, efforts to monitor the economic impact of COVID-19 on Californians must include a focus on vulnerable populations, including LGBT adults.
LGBTQ people in the United States report high rates of food insecurity. Through questionnaire data and in-depth interviews with low-income LGBTQ people, this report documents their experiences with food insecurity, the challenges they face when accessing and using programs designed to alleviate food insecurity, and how their experiences with food insecurity differ across key demographic groups within the LGBTQ community.
The state requires schools to use Direct certification to links school enrollment score with TAFDC and SNAP. This program helps protect students' health and provides an effective way to count low-income students. The report lists several problems of this system and possible solutions.
Communities around the country are looking to promote healthier eating by encouraging urban agriculture. "Urban agriculture" is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of activities involving the raising, cultivation, processing, marketing, and distribution of food in urban areas. In many communities, urban agriculture takes the form of backyard gardens and community gardens - places on public or private property where neighbors gather to cultivate vegetables and fruits, and even keep bees or raise poultry and small livestock. The food in community gardens is typically grown for the gardeners' own consumption or donation. Urban agriculture also encompasses urban farms (also called "market gardens" or "entrepreneurial agriculture") - enterprises, both for- and nonprofit, that grow produce on a larger or more intensive scale for sale.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities in access to food across the United States are especially apparent. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are among the many subgroups of Americans known to experience especially high rates of food insecurity. This infographic provides data on the distribution of food insecurity across different subgroups of the LGBT community; the economic vulnerabilities outlined in the data are at risk of exacerbation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This ordinance updates the City's Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including: allowing urban farms and community gardens in all zones; allowing all residents to be able to sell food grown on their property; recognizing Farmer's markets, allowing them in more areas of Seattle; allowing dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15 foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones; improving the number of chickens allowed per lot from three to eight, with additional chickens allowed for large lots associated with community gardens and urban farms; and prohibiting new roosters and sets boundaries for chicken coops, ten feet away from primary residential structures.
Dallas’ regional economy is robust and growing yet is facing a crisis of economic inequality which corresponds with racial inequality. South Dallas, where the population is overwhelmingly people of color, suffers from high rates of poverty and unemployment and poor access to quality food. The current system of redevelopment in Dallas focuses on subsidizing growth downtown, where investment is already heavily concentrated. Low-income communities—like South Dallas—are getting left further and further behind. This report calls for the city to use its redevelopment authority to bring a high quality, full-service grocery store to South Dallas. Best practices would include a project labor agreement to ensure good wages and benefits for construction workers and a targeted hiring program to prioritize community workforce development.