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German citizens invest in a sustainable local food system with Regionalwert AG

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:21:03 +0000

Here's the problem: The development of sustainable local food production requires long-term investments. These investments often yield relatively low rates of return. Distribution poses additional challenges because conventional buyers demand large quantities, and small-scale distribution methods such as community-supported agriculture may require a lot of time and effort. Artisanal food processors face similar issues. How do we address these problems in producing food locally?




How this CSA started by a chemistry teacher may be the future of local agriculture

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:45:54 +0000

Quietly nestled on the side of a hill in the rural town of Caroline, New York, just a short drive from Ithaca, Nook and Cranny Farm is well-suited to its name. Its owner, Bob Tuori, has owned the plot of land that it sits on for almost two decades. Over the years, he has grown it into a prime example of a community-focused intensive, efficient, and sustainable small farm.




Incredible Edible Todmorden gives free access to locally grown food to everyone

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:24:47 +0000

Here's the problem: The rapid expansion of cities is breaking the relationship that people have with the food ecosystem. Although the problem is receiving attention by some city officials, and they are adopting new sustainability programs and policies, it is a time-consuming, top-down process with an uncertain impact. What if with a bottom-up approach of small, local actions citizens can engage with could have a massive impact?




FoodCloud connects businesses and charities to redistribute surplus food to people in need

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:04:23 +0000

Here's the problem: Globally, around one-third of all food that is produced is wasted, according to the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations. Large quantities of this food waste are fit for human consumption, but become surplus due to packaging damage, short shelf-life, or qualities that are considered "imperfect." So how can we improve food security and sustainability of food systems?




In India, Seva Cafe inspires generosity with its pay-it-forward model

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:15:05 +0000

Here's the problem: Food — the most basic necessity of life — is becoming scarce. Approximately 795 million people in the world don’t have access to sufficient food to be healthy, according to the World Food Program. But what if we turned that assumption of scarcity into abundance and started sharing generously with strangers? It might not solve the problem of food scarcity in the world, but it is a significant step in ending hunger.




5 community sharing projects in Israel and the West Bank

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:09:26 +0000

In Israel, Tel Aviv is the center of the sharing economy. The municipality is committed to making the sharing economy thrive, by encouraging the growth of organizations that promote sharing among residents.  Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the sharing economy is born at the hyper local level — there is a sense of collectivism both within communities and between them. Here's a look at five sharing projects in Israel and the West Bank.

1. Gemach




15 Reasons (And Counting) Why Montreal is an Exemplary Sharing City

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:12:57 +0000

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and arguably the most cosmopolitan city in North America. The cooperative movement in Quebec dates back to the late 19th century, with the founding of North America's oldest and most established credit union, the Caisse Desjardins. Since then, co-ops and social economy projects have entered every sphere of economic and cultural life in the city and the province. The rise of social networks and crowdfunding has vastly expanded the possibilities.




Grow Free Improves Food Access in Australia, One Cart at a Time

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:10:06 +0000

Andrew Barker and a few friends were working on an organic farm near Meadows, South Australia, eating the fruits and vegetables they grew themselves and doing their best to live in near-self-sufficiency. But when they ran out of fuel, they headed to the supermarket in a nearby town.




10 Reasons Why Ithaca is a Great Sharing City

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:51:35 +0000

Twenty years ago, a piece on Utne Reader praised Ithaca, New York, as one of the "most enlightened" places in America. Today, Ithaca is still a hub of the kinds of sharing that earned it that recognition decades ago. This culture of community stewardship came about largely due to the city's agricultural surroundings and its back-to-the-land movement. Groups began self-organizing and experimenting with different ways of generating shared community wealth.