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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A project is changing the landscape of several Brazilian cities. Wasteland - which during this rainy season has become a public health problem - is gaining another utility throughout the country.

There are cabbage, lettuce, scallions, pumpkin. Fresh, organic food, planted jointly for the whole community. "We needed it, now we have enough to donate," says retired Idevildes Jardim dos Santos.

All this abundance comes from the 62 community gardens scattered throughout Birigui, a city of 123,000 inhabitants in the northwest of the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?