ABOUT LOCAL ECONOMIES
Has the Global Economy gone too far?
Does it make sense to import so much of our food from far away? Freshness may be lost, cost of transportation must be taken into account, and more greenhouse gas is generated.
Countries like Holland have been raising food in greenhouses for many years. An organization called Dutch Greenhouses™ offers its technology to others around the world.
There are now traditional greenhouses where plants grow in soil and aquaculture where fish and mollusks are raised more recently. People are raising fish and vegetables in a combined system. See instructables.com
ABOUT THE SHARING ECONOMY
Does it make sense for everyone to own an automobile? See Uber.com
Does it make sense to buy new tools for every new job? See Home Depot.com
Opportunity to rent, deliver and train user business.
ABOUT THE OVERSIZED ECONOMY
Is it sensible to live in an oversized house?
For a hundred years we’ve been steadily extending the supply lines of our economy, becoming ever more globalized. But some have begun to question that trend, and even to form the foundations of a newer, more local economy. The main reasons are twofold: our ever-growing globe-spanning economy is increasingly vulnerable to the ecological disruption it is causing, with global warming the prime example; and despite record affluence Americans report ever-growing feelings of disconnection and loss of community, trends that can only be reversed if we manage to rebuild local institutions that draw people together.
To wit, the farmer’s market: energy-efficient local food, and the average shopper has ten times as many conversations as a supermarket shopper. No wonder they’re the fastest-growing part of our food economy. Now we need to get going on other sectors too.
TIPS FOR LAUNCHING A LOCAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE
The following forms provide tips for independent booksellers interested in initiating a local business alliance, but they can be adapted by any local business owner interested in uniting the other local businesses in a community and forming an alliance to local merchants and service providers.
- Tips for Launching a Local Business Alliance [PDF]
- Tips for Promoting Localism in Your Bookstore [PDF]
- The Relocalization Network
- Local Harvest
- Business Alliance For Local Living Economies (BALLE)
- The Community Alliance of Family Farmers (facts quoted throughout this site)
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven L. Hopp