Localisation/swadeshi: a programme for long-term survival

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Co-operatives, Economics, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Transition

  Swadeshi has been described by Satish Kumar, founder and Director of Schumacher College in Devon as a programme for long term survival. It is the principle of preferring the neighbouring to the remote. It relates to need-based lives, ruling out unlimited consumption. It is not autarky; but a needs-based global alternative. Economic swadeshi was shaped by Gandhi, who advocated the production […]

Research findings: allotments have good food yields without sacrificing soil quality

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There are around 330,000 allotment plots in the UK, covering more than 8000 hectares and demand is growing, with more than 90,000 people currently on allotment waiting lists in the UK.  Findings of a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology Soils under Britain’s allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils. By growing on a small-scale in urban […]

Local farm-to-table production is a government motto

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Economy, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Trade, Transition

In Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas and elsewhere, local farm-to-table production is not a restaurant sales pitch: it is a government motto. “We’re in a food crisis,” said Hilson Baptiste, the agriculture minister of Antigua and Barbuda. “Every country is concerned about it. How can we produce our own? How can we feed our own?” In June Baptiste said around half […]

Cutting through ‘sustainababble’

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Today we received news from America’s New Economics Institute – a partner of Britain’s nef – about the latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series. Their comment: Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities – from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets – but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the […]

Is the priority to expand world trade or to build on the resilience of communities?

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Fleming, second left, discussing the working of an experimental rocket stove – to capture heat with clean combustion – at Transition Town Louth, Lincolnshire (The Times) In Lean Logic, David Fleming asks: “Is the priority to expand world trade, to push ahead with the global market, or to build on the resilience of communities, to protect them from the turbulence […]

Plunkett Foundation forms partnership with Land Settlement Association

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Horticulture smallholdings: a crucial contribution towards higher employment, a reliable, home-grown food supply and a diverse, more ecologically healthy countryside The Plunkett Foundation newsletter reports a new partnership with the Land Settlement Association Charitable Trust. Plunkett hopes to identify ‘pioneering approaches to co-operative horticulture across the UK’ to ‘share and develop further’.  Shaun Chamberlin has written about one such initiative, […]

The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

Posted Posted in Banks, Biodiversity, Books and articles, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economics, Energy, Environment, Finance, Localisation, Mutuals, Transition, Transition Network, Water

Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Patrick Conaty, has just published a book co-authored with Mike Lewis: The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy. It examines many elements of a resilient local economy, collating and critiquing many examples of how this has been achieved all over the world over the last 150 years. The term ‘resilience ‘ is […]

’New’ weather demands a new politics – and economics?

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“Isn’t it time to rethink our international trade policies?” asks New Delhi agricultural scientist and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma today, just before a powerful summary of the crucial importance of a healthy environment to the global economy on Radio 4 this morning by Tony Juniper and complementing a recent article by George Monbiot. Creating and popularising local markets: the […]

Unhooking from transport & energy-intensive economy

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Some readers will have visited the late Robert Hart in his Forest Garden in Shropshire. Zac Goldsmith, when reviewing Robert’s book about his life and work, focussed on his perception that growing and seemingly unconnected problems emerge as connected symptoms of something deeper: “The shortening of links between farmers and ‘consumers’, for example, leads not only to the strengthening of […]