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On Creating Local Food Economies

Food-backed Local Money

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario

Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

Exploring Permaculture in the Big City

Limits to Living Off the Land

Permablitz UK: Neighbors Reinvent Backyards (Video)

An Edible Schoolyard in Durham: How Kids Grow (Video)

Is Decentralized Urban Farming the Future of food?

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

The Localization of Agriculture: A Predetermined Future

Think small on farming to help poor

Mother Jones Debates the Future of Our Food Systems

A debate is going on over at Mother Jones about our food systems, sparked by a piece written Paul Roberts pointing out that sustainable food systems aren’t all that easy to obtain when it comes to feeding billions of people.

Whence Nutrition

Where does the food in your bodega — or the corner grocer, the local minimart — come from? […] How come it’s easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables in Brooklyn Heights than in the South Bronx? What’s the connection between the incidence of diabetes and the food market supply chain?

The Center for Urban Pedagogy and Designer Observer‘s 30-minute video Bodega Down Bronx looks into the urban grocery gap, and is freely available to stream.
The food justice movement is a broader response to this well-known discrepancy. In the past decade, a few organizations have started up in places such as Seattle, West Oakland, New York City (including parts of the Bronx), amongst others.

The Urban Nutrition Initiative (more here) is addressing this same problem via projects like the Corner Store Project which aims to incentivize healthy eating habits.  More background on this can be found in Amanda Shaffer’s 107-page [PDF] The Persistence of L.A.’s Grocery Gap. There are more academic studies, so if you’re on a university campus, check out papers by Wekerie and Giang et al.

Do kids need to learn gardening or more algebra?

“The suicidal dietary choices of so many poor people are the result of a problem, not the problem itself. The solution lies in an education that will propel students into a higher economic class, where they will live better and therefore eat better.” So argues Caitlin Flanagan in the pages of The Atlantic against Alice Waters’ idea that school curricula ought to teach children where food comes from and how to grow it (see The Edible Schoolyard).

The school gardener strikes back

Shunning Wal-Mart: A DIY general store

The residents of this windswept basin 100 miles from anywhere know that if they want something done, they have to do it themselves. Whether it’s repairing a tractor or rejuvenating Main Street, the people here fix their own problems.

[news] 184 Communes Currently in Formation in Venezuela

The Water Crisis: A Practical Solution

One practical solution to the water shortage is to replace our centralized water based sewer system with on site, waterless toilets and recycle grey water. Grey water is the water from the kitchen and shower and can be recycled, on site and reused for landscaping. This will reduce our demand on the water source by 80 percent while simultaneously creating a sustainable, renewable, agricultural resource, namely, organic nitrogen.

How to treat and store emergency water: Part 1, 2 and 3 – via There Are No Sunglasses

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

What can Burning Man teach cities?

Hello local, goodbye global: Relocalization movement gains momentum

Grassroots Heroes: Tell Us What YOU’RE Doing to Spread the Message!

Open Green Map – Real-Time Mapping of Growing Green Communities

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