Anchoring community wealth

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Economy, Employment, EU, Finance, Food, Local economies, Localisation, People power, Procurement, Regional economies, Transition, Urban

Preston’s skyline: Carl Ji, a Chinese student, at the University of Central Lancashire Austerity has been devolved to local councils and, perversely, areas with higher levels of poverty have been hit hardest, councils have on average faced 40% cuts in their budgets. In the face of adversity councils such as Preston have responded by bringing together anchor institutions and working with […]

A strategic alternative: localised and labour-intensive food production

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, EU, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transport, Waste

LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines, in his latest book, Progressive Protectionism, asks: “In a sustainable system, would not each country aim to produce its own staple food? Surpluses and exotics could be exported, speculation in food by unproductive middlemen would be outlawed and vitally important food producers encouraged at every turn”. He notes that at present, the UK feeds only around […]

Cargonomia: shrinking the distance between producers and consumers 

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, People power, Procurement, Trade, Transition, Transport, Urban

Planet Local, which highlights examples of localization in action all over the planet, is a project of Economics of Happiness/Local Futures/The International Alliance for Localization. In March thumbnail sketches of three ethical local banks were published here. The local food movement is about growing food and also shrinking the distance between producers and consumers — and a new initiative in Hungary is […]

International Alliance for Localization: Local Futures

Posted Posted in Banks, Economics, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Sustainability, Trade, Transition

In the Times, Ed Conway, economics editor of Sky News, describes problems arising from the complexity of globalisation, ‘the hallmark of 21st-century life’ and the International Alliance for Localization records examples of new modes of development and progress. He concludes: “Globalisation, once a means of boosting everyone’s income, has instead evolved into an excellent vehicle to help the rich get richer”. […]

A regenerative ‘Circular Economy’ includes more localisation of economic activity

Posted Posted in Economics, Environment, Local economies, Recycling, Sustainability, Transition, Waste

The Circular Economy is advocated to replace and address the social and environmental damage done by the current ‘Linear Economy’ with its ‘take, make, dispose’ model, depleting finite reserves to create products that end up in landfill or in incinerators. It achieves its objectives through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling – reducing waste to zero. Some […]

Localising moves in four Eastern European countries

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, EU, Food, Government, Localisation, Procurement, Retail, Trade, Transition

The Romanian parliament has passed a law requiring large retailers with a turnover of 2m euros to allocate a minimum of 51% of existing space for fresh produce to products sourced locally, from a short supply chain. The law, which came into effect last month, initially stated that products should come only from Romania but had to be amended after […]

Storing food in a localised low carbon system

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Local economies, Low carbon, Transition, Waste

  Traditional methods of storing food include preservation of food in ice brought from the mountains and kept inside caves & icehouses, low-tech bottling and jam-making, drying of meat & fruit and underground storage at lower temperatures in hot countries. On Monday Mark Shapiro, a Californian reader, sent this link to information about another method: fermentation, a localised probiotic food […]

Doncaster leads on local sourcing

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Economy, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Sustainability, Transition, Uncategorized, Urban

As local sourcing where appropriate is central to relocalising and strengthening regional economies, many will welcome news of a pledge made by Doncaster’s Mayor Ros Jones to ‘buy local’. Business Desk reports that when Ros Jones became Mayor in 2013, the council spent more money with firms located outside of borough, but now the vast majority of work goes to […]

MUFP: 100 city regions hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by changing the food system

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Health, Local economies, Low carbon, Politics, Procurement, Regional economies, Transition, Urban, Waste

In 2015, led by Milan, a coalition of 100 cities from all continents signed a Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFP) in Milan’s Palazzo Reale and presented it to Ban-Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, in New York on World Food Day, October 16. To read the latest news go to its website. They now recognise that their food systems are […]

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 […]