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Agriculture drives the Midwest economy – and farming is just the start of it

Agriculture drives the Midwest economy – and farming is just the start of it | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
This month, we’re looking into some of the hidden assets of the Midwest – the parts of our economy that don’t often get noticed when we talk about our strengths (the first part of the series is here... Michigan’s farmers exported $1.75 billion worth of food – mostly to Canada – in 2010. Forecasts are that number will top $2 billion this year. The state’s goal is to double Michigan’s exports in the next five years.
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Minneapolis council considers urban farming rules

Minneapolis council considers urban farming rules | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minneapolis City Council this week considers regulations for commercial urban farming. Robert Woods has transformed his vacant city lot into a large garden.
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Northern Michigan Biking: Get the Fit Right - My North - March 2012 - Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Biking: Get the Fit Right - My North - March 2012 - Northern Michigan | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Nice video featuring our friend Steve Andries. Northern Michigan Biking: He's a physician and a biker—and he can tell you how to get rid of those aches and pains from biking.

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Drop in charity care and bad debt could spell trouble

Drop in charity care and bad debt could spell trouble | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
PETOSKEY — For the first time in five years, McLaren — Northern Michigan, formerly known as Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, saw a decrease in the amount spent on bad debt and charity care for 2011.
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Urban and Community Agriculture: ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Urban and Community Agriculture: ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Urban farming is not a new concept, but it is gaining new support among diverse citizen groups all over the country. Schools, colleges, churches, city councils, government agencies, parks departments, anti-hunger groups, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations are coming together to give a fresh new meaning to "greening the city." Large cities like Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Seattle, and Toronto have initiated substantial programs to foster urban agriculture.

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IBM Data Comparison Site for Cities Launched

IBM Data Comparison Site for Cities Launched | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
City Forward, an online city data tool for comparing cities to one another, gives statistics on education, energy and employment, among other areas.
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How to Heat Your Chickens With Compost

How to Heat Your Chickens With Compost | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Chicken poop makes great hot compost. And that compost can help keep your chickens warm in winter.
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Sustainability explained through animation

Watch this short animated movie explaining sustainability created for RealEyes by Igloo Animations...
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Visualising sustainability

Visualising sustainability | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
New (Dec 2011): “Sustainable Lens: A visual guide” published by NewSplash available through Amazon. How to convey the essence of sustainability in a few sketched lines?    I’m ...
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MediaShift Idea Lab . Zeega + Localore = Innovative Local Storytelling for Public Media | PBS

MediaShift Idea Lab . Zeega + Localore = Innovative Local Storytelling for Public Media | PBS | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Localore is a new $2 million national competition produced by the Boston-based Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), with $1 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to catalyze producer-led innovation teams at local stations.

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Farming Pitchfork

Farming Pitchfork | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Not exactly sure what all the text means, but it appears to be a compilation of images of the iconic pitchfork and some analysis of what that icon represents to our culture.  Hmmmm....

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Examining the lifecycle of a bike – and its green credentials

Examining the lifecycle of a bike – and its green credentials | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Kat Austen: By following a bike from the origins of its parts to how it is disposed of, you can gauge how eco-friendly yours is (RT @guardian: On the Bike Blog: Examining the lifecycle of a bike – how eco-friendly is yours?
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Alternative Energy Helps Aquaponic Farming.

Alternative Energy Helps Aquaponic Farming. | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

The most commonly used kind of aquaponics uses tilapia fish as the reared fish, which, although easier to farm than say, trout, are tropical fish that require heated water between 20-30 degrees C at all times.

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Indoor urban farm in New York helps feed hundreds of families

Indoor urban farm in New York helps feed hundreds of families | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Indoor urban farm in New York helps feed hundreds of families...
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Court Upholds Mason County Wind Permit | Interlochen Public Radio

Court Upholds Mason County Wind Permit | Interlochen Public Radio | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

A judge's decision in Mason County means the way is clear for Consumers Energy to put up 56 wind turbines south of Ludington. It's the first large-scale wind farm along the west Michigan coast.

A group of residents challenged the county's approval of the permit. They argued the turbines pose a threat to property, public health and safety.

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Glen Arbor Art Association - News/Event Detail

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RESCHEDULED Talk About Art-Stephanie Mills - Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Since her galvanic Mills College commencement address in 1969, Stephanie Mills has been speaking, editing, writing and organizing for ecology and social change. The author of scores of essays, articles and seven books, Mills brings her wit, humor and intelligence to the Art Association March 8.

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Australian Treatise on Social Investment

This is a dry, (PowerPoint Presentation) but fascinating take on how a nation might lead social investment. Most of it rings true for the US and the UK as well.

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Op-Ed Contributors - A 50-Year Farm Bill - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors - A 50-Year Farm Bill - NYTimes.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Thanks to Sharon May of May Farms for sharing this with me.  It's a must-read article from 2009 written by our stalwart heroes Wes Jackson and Wendell Berry.  We need a farm bill that addresses the problems of soil loss and degradation, toxic pollution, fossil-fuel dependency and the destruction of rural communities.

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Founders Addresses Concerns Over KBS Release | thefullpint.com

Founders Addresses Concerns Over KBS Release | thefullpint.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

You know you're doing well as a local brewery when people complain that you didn't give them enough notice when you released your latest special brew! This is not a parody ;-) Founders Brewing, once again, reacts to criticism over last weeks KBS release. In my opinion, this is great customer service, and a way to keep goodwill with their locals. Cheers!

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Food Miles and Sustainability

Food Miles and Sustainability | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Food miles and sustainability - the negative impacts of food miles creates a season for everything. Choose locally grown, in-season produce.
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Local is a Two-Way Street « Somerville Local First : Support Locally Owned and Independent Businesses

Local is a Two-Way Street « Somerville Local First : Support Locally Owned and Independent Businesses | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Building a sustainable Local First economy by supporting and promoting locally owned and independent businesses, artists and nonprofits.
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Is localism delivering for climate change?

Is localism delivering for climate change? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

UK:

Localism could free up local authorities to tackle climate change with innovation and ambition - but we can't count on it, warns the Green Alliance...

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Toshiba builds scanner that can identify fruit without a barcode, yup (video)

Toshiba builds scanner that can identify fruit without a barcode, yup (video) | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
During our hurried supermarket sweeps, we're aiming for the Granny Smith, yet somehow always come away with French Jonagold.
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