The Local Food Shift: Getting There
Across the nation, a robust and inspiring local food movement is gaining momentum but faces critical challenges of overwhelming demand, limited production capacity, lack of infrastructure, and limited access to capital. Meanwhile, as the unsustainability of the industrialized corporate food system becomes increasingly evident, a global food crisis threatens to land on our own shores. Our communities are food insecure.
- Session 1 (Oct. 16): Peak Food and our global food predicament—the opportunities of food localization; ingredients of food localization (tools, processes, systems, pathways)
- Session 2 (Oct. 23): On the ground—Transition Colorado and Transition Sarasota case studies
- Session 3 (Nov. 13): Getting there—utilizing the Transition process to achieve food localization in your community (it all starts with an initiating group!)
I recommend reading Lester Brown’s new book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. Also Anna Lappe’s Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. And if you haven’t read Michael Pollan’s books, especially Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, drop everything else you’re doing and read them now. Along with Richard Heinberg’s brilliant essay, “50 Million Farmers,” which you can find at EnergyBulletin.net (nowResilience.org).
I also highly recommend Mark Winne’s book, Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture. And Gary Nabhan’s Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food.
- The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, by Wendell Berry
- Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher, by Fred Kirschenmann
- Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, by David Holmgren
- The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift, by Raymond De Young and Thomas Princen at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
- Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if food, farms, and fertility mattered, by Woody Tasch
- Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture, by Wes Jackson
- Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, by Bill McKibben
These are just some of the books that you and your team will want to study and feed yourselves with, and there are many more you might want to explore together. And of course there is a host of documentary films that you would do well to watch together.