Building a Truly Local Food Economy Through Strategic Thinking (Video)

topsoil local food photoTransition Culture/Video screen capture

The other day I posted some videos of people across Britain who are not just growing, buying or selling local food, but rather pursuing systemic innovation to create a local food economy.

This distinction is important. Buying your carrots at the farmers market is nice. But we need much broader, system-wide changes from growers to processors to distributors to retailers and end consumers.

It's a point Lloyd picked up in his excellent piece on designing a local food economy in Detroit. We can no longer focus on simply where a particular food item comes from, and give preference to those that were grown closer to home. We have to look at the bigger picture.

That's why this video featuring Rob Hopkins of the Transition Movement is so important. Part of a series on "Transition in 10 Objects" (which included the energy efficiency benefits of an ugly, stripey sweater), the video explains how Transition Norwich began exploring whether and how their community might truly feed itself from the surrounding area.

From researching new crops and adapting to a changing climate, to innovating community-owned growing models, the answers are as diverse as they are inspiring. But what's most important is that the group decided not to focus first on what we can do now, but rather where do we want to be—and then mapped out a path for getting there.

Transition object 09, a small bag of top soil. from nu project on Vimeo.

Building a Truly Local Food Economy Through Strategic Thinking (Video)
Some UK activists asked whether their town could feed itself. It turns out it could, with a little systems thinking.

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