As Syria’s civil war continues into its sixth year, millions remain in the divided, war-torn country. To meet basic needs and provide young people with a healthy place to play and learn, schoolyards across the country are being reborn as vegetable gardens. At these edible playgrounds, children learn how to grow tasty, nutritious treats, like peppers, eggplants, and cabbages. Then, when the time is right, they are able to harvest and eat what they have grown. This transformative experience offers students and their families an empowering experience of caring for one’s self and others.
Edible schoolyards sprout across war-torn Syria
- Organic regulations require that your crop rotation plan maintains or improves soil organic matter. Since hydroponics grow plants in a liquid medium, they do not qualify for organic certification
- The Organic Trade Association and the hydroponic lobby, led by the Coalition for Sustainable Organics, are seeking to rewrite organic rules to include hydroponics
- The Coalition for Sustainable Organics worked against the organic industry by supporting the DARK Act to pre-empt states’ rights to label GMOs
Before the presidential election, the EPA had proposed banning chlorpyrifos based in part on evidence that the chemical causes lasting harm to children’s brains, including attention problems, memory loss, tremors, and autism. In reports issued in 2014 and 2015, the agency acknowledged research showing that children exposed to chlorpyrifos were more likely to have certain developmental problems. In November the EPA issued a report recommending a ban. A 90-day waiting period pushed the finalization of the ban into March, after Trump’s inauguration.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt