At Blacksburg’s community gardens, gardeners must agree to avoid the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides as they hurt pollinators. At Hale, many of these pollinators live in honey bee hives on the property. Graham, at the Radford garden, said they have no requirement to grow things organically, but he seldom uses any chemicals.
A clear governance model and a national food strategy in place helped the UAE stay strong even in the face of a deadly pandemic Covi-19 that wreaked havoc on food imports and supply chains across the world, a UAE minister has said.
Speaking at an online regional conference of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for Near east and North Africa, Mariam Al Mheiri, the Minister of State for Food Security, said:”As a country, the UAE imports over 90 per cent of its food. We experienced several supply chain disruptions in the midst of the pandemic with certain food products not making their way into the country. Our crisis management plan, which was part of the food security strategy, was put to the test as we acted and adapted quickly … to ensure our people had access to safe, nutritious and affordable food at all times. We really benefitted