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The Damning Backstory Behind “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSWi

The Damning Backstory Behind “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSWi | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

A rare SXSW rant that hurts.  It sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia. But it's absolutely real — and a completely problematic treat...

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What is Your Real Job Title? | Rosetta Thurman

What is Your Real Job Title? | Rosetta Thurman | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Love this take on the concept of our titles.  Have you thought hard about the title you have? What does it say about you?

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Top 5 U.S. States for Renewable Energy Investment

Top 5 U.S. States for Renewable Energy Investment | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Last week, I posted on Ernst & Young’s latest Country Attractiveness Indices for renewable energy. It put the U.S. as the second-most attractive country for renewable energy investment, behind China and ahead of Germany (and every other country in the world, for that matter). Ernst & Young has also released renewable energy attractiveness indices for the U.S. and each state in the U.S.
Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/16Cte)
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All Cheeses Great and Small: A Life Less Blurry by Alex James – review

All Cheeses Great and Small: A Life Less Blurry by Alex James – review | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Blur bassist Alex James's memoir of farming life swaps pop excess for crumpets and polytunnels, writes Tom Lamont (All Cheeses Great and Small: A Life Less Blurry by Alex James – review: Blur bassist Alex James's memoir of farm...)...
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Government regulations concern young farmers - Farm and Ranch Guide

Government regulations concern young farmers - Farm and Ranch Guide | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Government regulations concern young farmersFarm and Ranch GuideWASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2012 – The latest survey of participants in the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers program shows an even split when it comes to concerns...
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Personal Goal Setting - Articles Revisited | SELF RELIANCE WORKS

Personal Goal Setting - Articles Revisited | SELF RELIANCE WORKS | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Personal Goal Setting - Articles Revisited (News from SRW: Personal Goal Setting - Articles Revisited http://t.co/1FwJBVYE...)...
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BuildingGreen.com LIVE: Traffic Calming – Saving Lives and Saving Energy by Alex Wilson on 03/06/2012

BuildingGreen.com LIVE: Traffic Calming – Saving Lives and Saving Energy by Alex Wilson on 03/06/2012 | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Traffic calming strategies can create safer communities with fewer pedestrian injuries (Some more data supporting the walkable streets movement.)...
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Even Dairy Farming Has a 1 Percent

Even Dairy Farming Has a 1 Percent | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
How did raising cows turn into trading complex financial derivatives?
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Smallholder Participation in Contract Farming: Comparative Evidence from Five Countries 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.09.006 : World Development | ScienceDirect.com

Smallholder Participation in Contract Farming: Comparative Evidence from Five Countries 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.09.006 : World Development | ScienceDirect.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
RT @mfbellemare: In case you missed it, my article on smallholder participation in contract farming and agricultural value chains: http://t.co/AO0jlB9Y...
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Healthy meals start with smart meal planning - MayoClinic.com

Healthy meals start with smart meal planning - MayoClinic.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Healthy meals start with proper portions of the different food groups.
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Make a Place to Make Stuff: 6 Creative Workspaces For Your DIY Crafting

Make a Place to Make Stuff: 6 Creative Workspaces For Your DIY Crafting | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: Make a space to make stuff in.
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Indian Farmers Hostage to Middlemen - Inter Press Service

Indian Farmers Hostage to Middlemen - Inter Press Service | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Indian Farmers Hostage to MiddlemenInter Press ServiceBy Keya Acharya BANGALORE, India, Mar 9, 2012 (IPS) - Agriculture experts blame the crisis faced by India's small farmers on a highly inefficient supply chain for perishable farm produce, a...
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Social Lending | lewesroadcommunitygarden.org

Social loans for several borrowers is the only possible opportunity to (affordable) loan. And regarding lenders, with your assumption – methods to better profits compared to the bank downpayment and as well certain, without possibility.
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Even pedestrians get an airbag on the new Volvo V40

Even pedestrians get an airbag on the new Volvo V40 | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The device is fitted to the all-new V40, which was unveiled this week at the Geneva Motor Show. It works through a series of sensors fitted to the front bumper.
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Columbia Bank Foundation Awarded Grant in Support of Kitchen Expansion

Columbia Bank Foundation Awarded Grant in Support of Kitchen Expansion | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Eva’s Village, a Paterson, NJ anti-poverty nonprofit needed to expand its soup kitchen program to accommodate an increase in demand and a local corporate foundation assisted.
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City updates composting law to benefit both gardeners and neighbors - City of Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis has updated its ordinance regulating composting to allow larger compost areas, to adopt different regulations for composting at home versus community gardens, and to require an odor-reducing layer such as leaves, wood chips or finished compost on top. Composting is the natural breakdown of organic material, such as yard and food waste, into soil, and it is a way of taking better care of our gardens while creating less waste. Using compost makes plants and gardens healthier by holding moisture in dry soil, allowing water to flow through compacted soil, adding nutrients near the plant’s roots and helping seeds to sprout.

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Underground Railroad Bicycle Route

Underground Railroad Bicycle Route | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route is a pedal-friendly network of routes from Alabama to Ontario that traces the paths, hideouts and historic sites from the pre-Civil war years when slaves fled northward to escape bondage.
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Time for Real Solutions to Vancouver's Housing Affordability Crisis | Newgeography.com

Time for Real Solutions to Vancouver's Housing Affordability Crisis | Newgeography.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Vancouver: Not enough affordable #housing http://t.co/jUJkjtL2 and not enough #gas stations http://t.co/g15rZXu4 (sigh)...
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Groups push to make Houston more 'walkable'

Groups push to make Houston more 'walkable' | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

[Video News Story] Historically, a lot of Houston neighborhoods here haven't seen much foot traffic. Sidewalks have been frowned upon and walking in the street can be downright dangerous. Now, there's a new push to fix these problems for pedestrians.

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Chef's Harvest | curate this space

Chef's Harvest | curate this space | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Urban farmer Matt Allison guides Cape Town based chef's though his urban farm in search of the freshest ingredients as they partake in the inaugural Chef's Harvest.
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Is Biotechnology Really the Answer to Agricultural Sustainability?

Is Biotechnology Really the Answer to Agricultural Sustainability? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

I'm thinking this sounds a lot like an oxymoron, but please help me understand this.  "Thanks to the modern agricultural practices made possible by agricultural biotechnology, American farming is becoming more environmentally sustainable than ever before."

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Solar Power in Poor Rural Areas | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Solar Power in Poor Rural Areas | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Solar power works best of course where the sun is brightest. However, another major factor is the capital cost for a solar installation.
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Be A Local Hero: Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch is a scheme to help people reduce speeding traffic though their community. The scheme enables volunteers to work within their community to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.
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How Young Scientists Are Determining the Future of Organic Farming—and Craft Beer

How Young Scientists Are Determining the Future of Organic Farming—and Craft Beer | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Washington State University graduate student Brook Brouwer Stephen Jones breeds the type of wheat that makes bakers go nuts. It’s local, organic, and flavorful, and it can help restore soil health on small- to mid-sized farms.
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Top 5 Rural-development Issues Facing Hobby Farmers in 2012 - HobbyFarms.com

Top 5 Rural-development Issues Facing Hobby Farmers in 2012 - HobbyFarms.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
HobbyFarms.comTop 5 Rural-development Issues Facing Hobby Farmers in 2012HobbyFarms.comBy Jodi Helmer As a hobby farmer, your worries aren't limited to aphids, goat bloat and the price of fuel.
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