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 […]

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

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Transition, Transport

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 allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils. By growing on a small-scale in urban […]

Time to change: Professor Lang’s challenge: embrace local sourcing

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Economy, Fair trade, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Planning, Procurement, Sustainability, Transition, Transport

Susan Press in the Co-operative News reports a challenge issued by Professor Tim Lang, Head of City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, to the Co-operative Group. It is time to radically change the way food is delivered and distributed to the Group’s 4,800 retail outlets: “At a time of growing interest in locally sourced food, he thinks there should […]

Is the priority to expand world trade or to build on the resilience of communities?

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Books and articles, Economics, Energy, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition

Fleming, second left, discussing the working of an experimental rocket stove – to capture heat with clean combustion – at Transition Town Louth, Lincolnshire (The Times) In Lean Logic, David Fleming asks: “Is the priority to expand world trade, to push ahead with the global market, or to build on the resilience of communities, to protect them from the turbulence […]

Achieving food security by relocalisation and building up the resilience of our agricultural resources – three voices

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Export-led growth, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Politics, Regional economies, Transition, Water

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 building up the resilience of our […]

New video for sustainable CAP reform and food sovereignty

Posted Posted in Environment, EU, European Food Declaration, Food, Globalisation, Sustainability, Trade

LWM are a signatory to the European Food Declaration which has been promoted to guide CAP reform towards social justice and sustainability over the last year or so. The ongoing campaign is hosted at www.nyelenieurope.net, home of the European food sovereignty forum, They have produced a three minute video linked from their page on CAP reform to let people know […]