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Paul Hawken: The High Cost of Cheap Food

Certainly one of my original social good heroes, Paul Hawken.  For more Stories, Food News, and Cooking Fresh videos, please visit http://cookingupastory.com Excerpted from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's, Cooking For Soluti...

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Building a simple two-barrel anaerobic digester | Permaculture Magazine

Building a simple two-barrel anaerobic digester | Permaculture Magazine | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
This computer animation shows just how easy it is to build a biodigester to create flammable biogas from animal/food waste. Simple plastic tubing, two plastic barrels and some patience are all it take...
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Emersonian Perfectionism: A Passage From 'Self-Reliance' : NPR

Emersonian Perfectionism: A Passage From 'Self-Reliance' : NPR | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his essay "Self-Reliance," offer a way forward for humanity, according to commentator Stuart Kauffman.
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Ohio could get STEM schools on agriculture

Ohio could get STEM schools on agriculture | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Sounds like a ripe idea for Northern Michgian too.  While Gov. John Kasich stressed in his State of the State speech last week the need to match work-force training to Ohio’s available jobs, three Republican senators are already working on a plan to get students, particularly from urban and suburban...

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Resilience, art, whole farms and living soil: great partner events

Our friends at Island have a sweet calendar of events.  This week they're hosting a presentation with Transition Cadillac on Building a Living Soil.

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Analysis: Funding that will change the face of local infrastructure

Analysis: Funding that will change the face of local infrastructure | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

UK: Fascinating New Initiative to foster relationships between communities and the private sector.  Kaye Wiggins examines the distribution of Tranforming Local Infrastructure funds...

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Green Empowerment

Green Empowerment | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Green Empowerment aims to provide green energy and bio-fertilizer from agricultural waste and an additional income to farmers thus bettering their farming ventures.
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Is a 'nudge' in the right direction all we need to be greener? - CNN.com

Is a 'nudge' in the right direction all we need to be greener? - CNN.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Bad environmental habit happen on auto-pilot, say some academics, who say people's behavior can be modified to make them greener.
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Invest in more skills not just technology

Invest in more skills not just technology | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The public sector is still failing to use technology properly, says Richard Wilson, but it's because of a lack of investment in people...
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The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water

The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

It’s all about tidal power. According to the Department of Energy, tidal wave power could theoretically generate enough electricity to cover one-third of the country’s electricity needs. This could mean that all together, conventional hydropower, tidal and wave power, and other water-powered resources could provide 15 percent of America’s electricity by 2030.


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Upcycling's Upshot: How Urban Mushroom Farmers Turned Scavenging into a Business | GOOD

Upcycling's Upshot: How Urban Mushroom Farmers Turned Scavenging into a Business | GOOD | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
“Our whole company is literally built on trash.” (RT @pietradelmundo: Upcycling's Upshot: How Urban Mushroom Farmers Turned Scavenging into a Business http://t.co/18kpu4rh (@GOOD stuff)...)...

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Why Being Sleepy and Drunk Are Great for Creativity

Why Being Sleepy and Drunk Are Great for Creativity | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Here's a brain teaser: Your task is to move a single line so that the false arithmetic statement below becomes true.
IV = III + III
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Study Calls for Laws to Support Food, Farming and Sustainability

Study Calls for Laws to Support Food, Farming and Sustainability | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Today's Dietitian magazine, the leading news source for dietitians and nutritionists, covering topics such as diabetes management, long-term care, new products and technologies, career strategies, nutrition research updates, supplements, culinary...
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Farmers Plan Biggest U.S. Crop Boost Since 1984, Led by Corn: Commodities

Farmers Plan Biggest U.S. Crop Boost Since 1984, Led by Corn: Commodities | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

More subsidies for the all mighty CORN! U.S. farmers will plant the most acres in a generation this year, led by the biggest corn crop since World War II, taking advantage of the highest agricultural prices in at least four decades.

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SAVE ALISON AND JASON'S FARM from proposed oil and gas leasing and drilling

SAVE ALISON AND JASON'S FARM from proposed oil and gas leasing and drilling | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Alison Gannett and Jason Trimm, of TG Global Cooling, LLC own the 75-acre, 1889 homestead of Holy Terror Farm on Terror Creek in Paonia, Colorado.... (RT @Earthjustice: Help save a small sustainable farm from being destroyed by #fracking.
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America's Economic Bright Spot: Farming

America's Economic Bright Spot: Farming | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Tom Vilsack, the U.S. agriculture secretary and former Iowa governor, is a success story. There is a reason the Chinese vice president plans to visit Iowa on an upcoming trip to the United States.
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Economic case for planning reforms debunked

Economic case for planning reforms debunked | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

UK Study finds resistance to reforms: A new study by CPRE, the National Trust and RSPB into the costs and benefits of the planning system finds that the Government's proposed reforms are likely to have little or no effect on growth and could even undermine public wellbeing.

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CO2GO

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This Smartphone App tracks your generated C02 emissions based on the type of transportation you use.... automatically.

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Solar-Storm-Fueled Auroras Make for Awesome Backyard Photography

Solar-Storm-Fueled Auroras Make for Awesome Backyard Photography | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The sun is waking up. After several quiet years, it bombarded the Earth with two consecutive solar storms this week, which generated many nights of spectacular auroras seen from backyards around the Northern Hemisphere.
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Bay Area investment group connects socially responsible lenders, local farmers - Inside Bay Area

Slow Money nonprofit, founded in 2009, set out to reinvent local agriculture, make you healthier.
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Collaboration Curves Improve Innovation and Performance | Working Knowledge ®

Collaboration Curves Improve Innovation and Performance | Working Knowledge ® | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Unlike the diminishing returns of the Experience Curve, Collaboration Curves offer continuous, exponential improvement and innovation through knowledge sharing and interactions among a group of participants.
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Green Growth & Eco-Innovation

Green Growth & Eco-Innovation | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The OECD project on green growth and eco-innovation aims to promote sustainable production by spreading existing knowledge and providing industry with a means to benchmark their products and production ...
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Myths And Facts About Electric Cars | Media Matters for America

Myths And Facts About Electric Cars | Media Matters for America | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

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TEDxManhattan - Patty Cantrell - New Roads to New Markets

I've had the distinct honor of working with Patty Cantrell for about a decade on developing a strong and self-reliant small farm economy in Northern Michigan.  What a treat to see her on the TEDx presentation.  Patty Cantrell is a community organizer and a journalist focused on making the business case for local and regional food.

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The Secret to a Successful Urban Stadium

The Secret to a Successful Urban Stadium | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Super Bowl proved just how walkable Indianapolis' stadium scene is.
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