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    If ‘agroecology’ is such a good idea, how can we get the planning system to promote it?

    Daniel Scharf of Dan the Plan | 07-Feb-2017 | 2

    The planning system doesn’t currently differentiate between different types of agriculture, and maybe it should. The type of agriculture we prefer could be labelled ‘agroecology’ – but the problem is how to define it and how to get the planning system to recognise it, let alone promote it. Read more

    Low-impact & the city 7: our experience of a local fishbox / community-supported fish scheme

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Jan-2017 | 1

    You may remember that we blogged an interview last summer with Guy Dorrell, who set up a ‘fishbox’, or ‘community-supported fish’ project, called ‘Faircatch‘. After interviewing him, my partner and I signed up to his scheme to try it out. I’m now reporting on how the idea worked for us Read more

    How to leave the city and regain a connection with the land

    Many city people yearn to be involved with the land hands-on—and to do so on a long-term basis. But leaving the city for good is too big a step for most people; they need to keep a stake in the city for work or social reasons. Read more

    Great opportunity to work with the wonderful ‘Stir to Action’

    Stir to Action is a community organisation that publishes a quarterly magazine, runs workshop programmes and short courses, produces how-to resources for setting up co-operatives and community enterprises, commissions original artwork and facilitates social economy start-ups. Read more

    Nationalising assets does not mean that ‘we’ then own them. Let’s hold things ‘in common’ instead

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 29-Jan-2016 | 1

    Nationalising something doesn’t then mean that it’s owned by ‘the people’ – i.e. by us. That would only be true if states weren’t controlled by the corporate sector. Read more

    Why the Real Farming Conference gave me grounds for optimism

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 09-Jan-2016 | 4

    Sometimes, when I’m sitting in front of my laptop screen, I forget how many great people there are out there doing wonderful things, and it’s easy to believe that we’re never going to get rid of this damaging system, and that it will eventually damage ecology so much Read more

    How superstores destroy jobs and local resilience

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 19-Dec-2015 | 4

    A report by the National Retail Planning Forum (partly financed by supermarkets) found that in a catchment of 15km around 93 new superstores, around 10,000 new retail jobs were created and 35,000 destroyed – a net loss of 25,000 retail jobs (full-time equivalent). Read more

    Well done for fighting food waste, Hugh; but let’s take it a step further

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Nov-2015 | 2

    Have you seen any of the TV programmes about food waste, hosted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? He’s trying to highlight the amount of food that gets wasted in the UK – which is truly phenomenal, and a ridiculous waste of land, money, energy and time. Read more

    Join the people who are fighting back against corporate control of global food production

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 22-Nov-2015 | 0

    There’s something seriously wrong with the way most of our food is produced and sold. The corporate sector is gaining control of more and more of global food production, shifting the focus from nutrition, flavour and nature towards profit and profit only. Read more

    Beware the ‘sharing’ economy – back door for a more rapacious form of capitalism

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-Nov-2015 | 3

    Something that’s been troubling me for a while. The ‘sharing’ economy must be a good thing, right? I’ve been trying to see the good in it for a while. Sharing anything must mean that fewer resources are used, less waste produced, people get to know each other in their communities. All sounds great, doesn’t it? Read more

    Get inspired to grow your own food: visit gardens producing food in cities

    Edible Gardens Open Day is an annual event for Londoners to explore secret gardens, embark on an edible walking tour, or venture further afield to discover people growing in novel places. It’s now happening in other cities too.  Read more

    Let’s stop subsidising giant, damaging agri-business – join the Landworkers’ Alliance on April 29th

    Join the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) as we celebrate Via Campesina’s International day of Peasant Struggle. Weds April 29th, British Sugar Factory, Bury St Edmunds, 1.30pm Read more

    Keeping pigs: the story of a pig co-op

    In 2012 some households in our village decided to start a pig co-op/club. Living in a Somerset village and with several interested neighbours, one of whom had the space needed, we all got together for an informal meeting Read more

    Campaign to develop the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network in the UK

    Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and the local community, in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. Benefits are enjoyed by both sides Read more

    Polish family farms criminalised for local food sales

    Jadwiga & Julian of ICPPC | 18-Feb-2014 | 0

    Dear Friends/Drodzy Przyjaciele, Polish Embassy protest at 2:30 on 20th February. Please circulate! Get your banners together! We hope to see as many of you Read more

    The battle to save Polish small farms from corporations

    Jadwiga & Julian of ICPPC | 06-Feb-2014 | 0

    This is something we really want to support. Corporate land-grabs, supported by subservient governments, are happening the world over, and it’s a disaster for ecology and democracy. Read more

    Introducing the Land Workers’ Alliance – representing small-scale producers

    We wanted to introduce the Land Workers’ Alliance (LWA) via a first-hand account of their AGM, held at Trill Farm, Dorset, on the 23rd & 24th of November, 2013. Read more

    Help stop giant supermarkets taking over community assets

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 24-Jul-2013 | 0

    The lease has come up for renewal for a very popular pub called the Wheatsheaf in Tooting, south London, in a prime location opposite Tooting Bec tube station. Read more

    La Via Campesina ‘peasants’ movement inaugurated in the UK

    La Via Campesina is an international organisation claiming around 250 million members! It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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