Dr. John Zahina-Ramos (Dr. Z) is a noted scientist who is at the forefront of research into the benefits of urban agriculture. He holds a M.S. degree in the biological sciences and a Ph.D. in geosciences. His dissertation research was focused on the attitudes and perspectives of urban residents to home food growing. Dr. Z is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College teaching courses in environmental mapping and is the president of Casa Jardin Co., a consulting firm whose services are focused on urban agriculture and environmental issues. He is an avid backyard food grower and founded the Just One Backyard web resource (www.justonebackyard.com) to promote the practice of sustainable food growing, particularly in cities. His latest book, scheduled for release in January 2015, chronicles the change from local food production to dependency on the industrial agricultural system in place today. It also details the results of his 5-year backyard food growing study and documents the wide-range of benefits that can be realized from sustainable urban food production.
For more than 16 years, Dr. Z was a professional environmental scientist with the State of Florida and worked on Everglades research with the Duke University School of the Environment for 7 years. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, technical documents, book chapters and conference presentations on the topics of soils, ecological modeling, historic vegetation mapping, and the impacts of water withdrawals on wetlands, food sustainability, the benefits of urban agriculture and the potential productivity of urban agriculture.
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