A different economic model: 2 – a constant, stable,‘steady state’ economy

George Monbiot suggests that it is time for a government commission on post-growth economics which would invite contributions from those already investigating the possibility of moving towards a steady state economy: one that seeks distribution rather than blind expansion; that does not demand infinite growth on a finite planet.

Localise West Midlands is dedicated . . . → Read More: A different economic model: 2 – a constant, stable,‘steady state’ economy

Localise Birmingham? A lead from India

The sheer size of the city was brought home to the writer who accidentally travelled the 49’s circuitous bus route which crossed many city wards. With the exception of glossy Longbridge – a ‘revolution in regeneration’ – it was clear that there was a great deal to be done in several rather neglected and . . . → Read More: Localise Birmingham? A lead from India

A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming

Vested interests replacing the now defunct Flying Matters, a lobby group funded by the aviation industry, vigorously defend the profitable import of food from countries with malnourished people. A better way forward, socially, economically and environmentally is offered by the Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Jose Graziano da Silva (Extraordinary . . . → Read More: A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming

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?