‘Project Hope’: rebuild local economies

David Fleming drew on the wisdom of Elinor Ostrom, who published ‘Governing the Commons’ in 1990. An article in the Economist records that “collaboration was her watchword. Neighbours thrived if they worked together. The best-laid communal schemes would fall apart...

Localisation/swadeshi: a programme for long-term survival

  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...

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

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...

Local farm-to-table production is a government motto

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...

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

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...