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20 Jan 2007
A grassroots protest gains attention and action
Paris
The "Children of Don Quixote" organized a tent city made up of 300 red tents to house Parisians in a demonstration demanding some attention from the government to deal with the homeless situation.

Within weeks, "Quixote cities" appeared in Marseilles, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Toulouse. These demonstrations led to the French government increasing funds to $92 million from $11 million, allowing shelters to stay open 24 hours - and on Monday earmarked $46 million more to place 27,000 persons. Next month, lawmakers will debate a law that makes housing a legal right - something President Jacques Chirac, under pressure from the Quixote media coverage, proposed in his New Year address.

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A seminar and exhibition organized by Ulrike Solbrig, Åsa Sonjasdotter and Nis Rømer, in Sparwasser, Berlin, August 2007.

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FRUIT takes up the challenge of elevating the ecological knowledge of consumers and encouraging a way of life that is friendly to the environment. We want consumers to be conscious of the entire life of a product, from production to utilization, and not just what they see in the stores. Consumers must be aware that every phase of a product's life influences the environment and ourselves.

Free Soil has produced a run of FRUIT wrappers, a website, and a traveling installation as part of an initiative to inform people about alternative food systems and local food movements. The wrappers are disseminated throughout the food chain by piggybacking on oranges. Information will be carried through the food system and into the hands of consumers. The wrapper holds information on a variety of aspects concerning food movements, transport and urban farming. Get your daily dose!

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