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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reviving a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture

Posted Posted in Banks, City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Energy, Finance, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Microfinance, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition, Waste

Innovative thinkers often have to wait ten to twenty years before their concepts become mainstream. Two years ago David Boyle (New Economics Foundation) listed ten linked propositions, many borrowed from the most successful cities in Europe and North and South America, which could effectively allow cities to take back control of their economic destiny. Agreeing with the City Growth Commission […]

Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Devolution, Economy, Environment, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Protest, Recycling, Social Enterprise, Transition, Waste

. In this country and abroad Veolia’s services are being dispensed with for environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons. The City Council is considering what to do when its 25 year contract with waste giant Veolia expires in 2018. . John Newson (BFOE) writes: . “The Council will become in 2018 the owner of the largest emitter in Birmingham of […]