Think global, act local – H.T. Brigham, Coleshill

Where did you buy your groceries from this week? Did you visit the independent traders on your local high street, or the one-stop-shop supermarket just down the road?

Which you choose will probably come down to several factors including, price, quality, variety, convenience, and not least, whether you even have a local high . . . → Read More: Think global, act local – H.T. Brigham, Coleshill

Globalisation – the open trading system – is fragmenting

Philip Stephens, an associate editor, in the Financial Times: “Globalisation – the open trading system – is fragmenting; it needs an enforcer – a hegemon, a concert of powers or global governance arrangements”.

Evidence: the collapse of the Doha, the demise of global free-trade agreements, and the emergence of regional coalitions and deals. The . . . → Read More: Globalisation – the open trading system – is fragmenting

The launch of the International Alliance for Localization

The new International Alliance for Localization (IAL) aims to connect a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring new approaches to today’s ecological, social, and economic expanding international dialogue and exchange. It will provide a forum for cross-cultural support and collaboration and have the potential to be a united and powerful force . . . → Read More: The launch of the International Alliance for Localization

Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

 

New Delhi Television online reports that the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and a farmers’ organisation met India’s Environment Minister today to protest against the go-ahead given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee on July 18 to field trials of 15 GM crops, including rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal. The Environment Minister, in . . . → Read More: Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

Has Secretary of State (Elizabeth Truss) visited the LWM site?

A Lancashire farmer sends news of a ministerial statement made by the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss.  On 21st July she launched “A Plan for Public Procurement of Food and Catering Services”, which includes an emphasis on Government procurement opening up the public sector market to small . . . → Read More: Has Secretary of State (Elizabeth Truss) visited the LWM site?

Calls for a living wage

Andrew Lydon writes that, over the last year, probably the most radical proposal made by Labour leader Ed Miliband is about the Living Wage and Living Wage Zones:

“Living wage zones would work for everyone – the people who get decent pay, the employers who get a more committed workforce and the government that . . . → Read More: Calls for a living wage

True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?

Professor Richard Batley, University of Birmingham (School of Government and Society) writes in the FT: “Constitutional devolution, convincingly argued, could be attractive in England, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland . . . Westminster seems not to appreciate that irritation at the centralisation of power and wealth in London is not confined . . . → Read More: True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?

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

Fruit growing on Hall Green allotment

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 . . . → Read More: Research findings: allotments have good food yields without sacrificing soil quality

Relocalisation: an under reported issue in the French elections

 

In the French election, left wing socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon has stressed the need to relocalise Europe’s economy and to do so by limiting imports.

This has brought Melenchon increased votes in a country where 70% of the population favour some form of protection for domestic production from cheaper, lower waged competitors.

This French . . . → Read More: Relocalisation: an under reported issue in the French elections

Devolution is in the air

Following the contribution on devolution from LWM board members, Cllr Phil Davis and former Director of the West Midlands Regional Forum of Local Authorities, George Morran, we see that a Survation poll, commissioned by Devolve Deliver, was published on April 21st. Devolve Deliver‘s Neil Foster said: “The UK is one of the most over-centralised . . . → Read More: Devolution is in the air