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Mapping the USDA's Local Food Work - Organic Connections

Mapping the USDA's Local Food Work - Organic Connections | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
The USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a map of all of the local food projects—including farmers markets, food hubs, infrastructure, and producers—the USDA funds.
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What took 10,000 years to Build and only 50 years to Destroy?

What took 10,000 years to Build and only 50 years to Destroy? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Here’s a line of thinking I found that was useful. You might find it useful too.

 

1. Food security starts with successfully growing something you can actually eat. It progresses as you get more skilled at growing a variety of foods throughout the season.


2. If you can get to the point of either personally growing or locally sourcing nearly everything your family eats, you are well on your way to food security.


3. However, real food security that can handle a wider variety of threats and opportunities goes beyond simply growing lots of food locally. It requires growing or raising heirloom and heritage foods locally that few others in the world do.

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the Economics of Happiness

the Economics of Happiness | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
'The Economics of Happiness' - a documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization.

Via Anne Caspari
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DIY Urbanism - Almere Oosterwold

MVRDV‘s proposal for an urban development in Almere Oosterworld, the Netherlands, is a template for a D.I.Y. project that puts power into the hands of neighborhoods and communities. This development strategy is bottom-up, inclusive and very intuitive to the needs of individuals and their communities. It allows the design to develop organically and over a stretch of time as needs change and neighborhoods grow. MVRDV writes that the proposal “is a revolution in Dutch urban planning as it steps away from governmental dictate and invites organic urban growth in which initiatives are stimulated and inhabitants can create their own neighbourhoods including public green, urban agriculture and roads”.

 

more - http://bit.ly/MvL7PX ht @mbauwens

 

 

 

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Hippie Capitalism: How An Impoverished U.S. City Is Building An Economy On Co-ops

Hippie Capitalism: How An Impoverished U.S. City Is Building An Economy On Co-ops | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

With sky-high unemployment, Richmond, California, is not a place where traditional business models alone can dent poverty. The city has turned to co-ops in hopes that people who might be unemployable in the traditional economy gain access to both jobs and control over their own labor.

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