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I read with interest in today’s Independent on Sunday that tomorrow the UK Government intends to set out its plans to meet the UN’s food production targets for 2050.
It would appear that as well as intensification of farming, locally producedfood will be at the heart of this drive. If this is true, then it has to be welcomed as decentralisation of food production, as well as most other things, such as power, has to be the way forward for a sustainable future.
For those of you who think feeding the population from gardens, allotments and windowboxes can’t be done, then you need to check out what went on in Cuba over at the Power of Community Website.
For those who fear the intensification model of farming, which stripps hedge rows and relies on pesticides and a high carbon footprint, then you need to watch this inspiring film – A Farm for the Future – and take on board the fact that if we are prepared to change our diets a little, then permaculture can give far greater yields per acre than so called intensive farming, producing a diverse range of crops within the same area rather than just a single crop, and maintain an ecological balance that positively encourages wildlife to thrive.
For those who want a say in the Future of our Food, then defra has just launched an online discussion document – FOOD 2030 – to invite your comments about the future of food and what our food system might look like in 2030.
And for those wishing to get off your backside and actually do something about the future of food, then check out EarthAbbey and be inspired to change your life from the roots up!
In these turbulent economic times, the title of the current issue is perhaps a surprising one, GOLD – but as ever, the team at Sublime have opted to take this symbol for wealth and value and use it as a springboard to assess ‘the value we place on our systems, our common aspirations, on those close to us and ultimately on ourselves.
I was tasked with reporting on the growing interest on local currency and their links with Transition Culture – if you want to know more, then go out and get what is an excellent magazine. Here’s a taster:
My good friend, Chris Sunderland, is beginning to get some good conversation going, and some positive action taking place, with regards to the environmental crisis we’re all facing. Chris is doing far more than I could tell you about here, so please go and check out: Agora; Chooseday and Coinet. He has also just launched a new initiative, which is currently in the form of a blog: The Dream of Shalom. It’s early days, but Read the rest of this entry »
Less than an hour from where I’m writing, the issue of water poverty has become a reality for the people of the West country. Overwhelmed by flooding, the infrastructure that provides communities in South Gloucestershire with access to clean, safe, drinking water has collapsed. What is a massive ongoing global issue affecting nearly 2 billion people in developing countries has suddenly become headline news because it is now on our doorstep affecting a few thousand.