Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Patrick Conaty, has just published a book co-authored with Mike Lewis: The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy. It examines many elements of a resilient local economy, collating and critiquing many examples of how this has been achieved all over the world over the last 150 . . . → Read More: The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy
At a meeting of Hadlow College’s Rural Focus Group, their Sustainability Champion, Dr Howard Lee, noted that DEFRA is committed to food security in principle but not to food self-sufficiency.
The strategic contradiction is that succeeding governments have preferred to promote the export of agricultural and horticultural commodities.
Coventry University’s Dr Julia Wright recommends . . . → Read More: Achieving food security by relocalisation and building up the resilience of our agricultural resources – three voices
Admitting the limited capacity to grow food in cities, LWM’s co-ordinator recognises the potential for growing more locally and the food security benefits of doing so:
“The West Midland has a significant food-producing “regional hinterland” and there is a whole gamut of reasons why we should maximise production, ensuring we have some local food . . . → Read More: It makes sense to grow more locally, not least for the 20,000 low-income city families
Some readers will have visited the late Robert Hart in his Forest Garden in Shropshire.
Zac Goldsmith, when reviewing Robert’s book about his life and work, focussed on his perception that growing and seemingly unconnected problems emerge as connected symptoms of something deeper:
“The shortening of links between farmers and ‘consumers’, for example, . . . → Read More: Unhooking from transport & energy-intensive economy