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Excerpt from: Urban Agriculture Terri Roberts 1During WWII, officials from the U.S. War Department encouraged urban dwellers to use any available space to plant victory gardens. As the war continued, the price of fruits and vegetables skyrocketed. Small vegetable and fruit gardens helped reduce the pressure on the public food supply. By eating the vegetables grown in their gardens, citizens were able to decrease the cost of produce needed to help feed the troops. The city gardens grown on apartment building rooftops and in vacant lots produced forty percent of the vegetables consumed each year. Once the war ended, many people abandoned their gardens and returned to grocery stores to purchase their produce. 2Today, a resurgence in urban agriculture is sweeping across the nation. Many modern concerns have contributed to the recent popularity of city farms. One of the most pressing issues is the high cost of oil and gas. The ingredients used to prepare most meals travel an average of forty-five miles each before reaching the local supermarket. In times when gas costs upwards of four dollars per gallon, buying locally helps offset the expense of transportation. This helps reduce the overall cost of produce for everyone. City farms also address growing concern over carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. Purchasing locally grown foods can help reduce a city’s carbon footprint. If you were to print this selection and jot down notes in the margins, this would be an example of what kind of strategy? A) brainstorming B) citing sources C) evaluating bias D) annotating text

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