When you do a 10 or 100 or locavore diet, you realize how our current food system is like a stage set for the Okay Corral. Behind those false fronts is a machinery of illusion.
“Resilience” may be a somewhat new term in the lexicon of forward-thinkers, but the concept is by no means entirely new, and it has a direct tie to another useful word: “foodshed.”
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As soon as we step out of our homes in pursuit of food, we cross an energy threshold that is worth considering.
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of food. Yet, sometimes it appears just as hard for food writers to avoid hype.
From Chapter 4 (Energy) of the latest Resilience guide, ‘Rebuilding the Foodshed’. This is a heck of a chapter…If you eat food, grow food, use energy, create energy, or make waste, you’ll find yourself fascinated.
There is little disagreement that urban farming translates into increased access to local, sustainable, and healthy food, and that this is a very good thing. But how is it done? What are the success stories of urban farming? And what exactly is a “foodshed?”
For years people and organizations from Frances Moore Lappé to Slow Food have sought to repair and restore our broken food system, making noticeable but still negligible progress. Surely more people today are aware that there’s a problem, and admitting that is the first step, as they say.
•Connect The Dots: Rebuilding the Foodshed
•Urban gardener hopes to turn foreclosures into farms
•Permaculture Garden at UMass Documented on Video