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Designinc: Wall to fork
Mar 12, 2011 5:56 PM | By Nadine Botha
The vertical garden takes its inspiration from the farm to fork theory, which aims to make our eating greener, writes Nadine Botha
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The "farm to fork" distance is the distance it takes for fresh produce to reach your plate. This distance is measured in "food miles" and is said to be responsible for 15% of global CO2 emissions. Consider the air-freighted Mexican avocados, Kenyan broccoli and British baby spinach that pervade SA supermarkets and that statistic comes closer to home.

A global movement to reduce food miles and green our urban environment is growing. Internationally, projects including Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray's hydroponic Window Farms for New York residents and Patrick Blanc's living walls in Paris are making headway.