community

Why we should buy food from local producers

Good opinion piece in the Irish Times from Talamh Beo’s Manchán Magan, explaining the benefits of Community Supported Agriculture: “This localised, diverse farming was how food was always produced until international seed and chemical fertiliser behemoths began luring farmers towards new soil-depleting practices, with the promise of increased profits – not admitting that it was at the expense of the health of the soil and the surrounding environment”.…

Submission on Evaluation of Community Banking and Local Provision of Banking and Financial Services in Ireland

Feasta Currency Group members believe that community (or public) banking could form a central component of a healthy future Irish economy. There is an urgent need to expand this sector in Ireland in order to help protect the Irish economy from debt-related financial risk, stimulate community development and help bring about the transition to a growth-neutral financial sector.

Beyond the Obvious: novel podcasts for enquirers

We’re very pleased to launch our new podcast series, Beyond the Obvious, which is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum.

The hosts, Seán O’Conláin and Caroline Whyte, will explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. There will be six monthly podcasts of 20-30 minutes, beginning on March 15th 2019. (We’ve taken a break in August; tune in for our next podcast in September.) Please feel free to comment below.

Topics include:

• decarbonisation
• decreasing energy consumption
• measuring wellbeing
• reviving biodiversity, which is taken to include local culture

Anticipating the coming of troubles – envisaging a lifeboat economy

Brian Davey argues that, while there is no point in hoping that the powerful will manage to resolve the multiple crises we're facing, we can still work on developing permacultural designs of local cultivation space and residential areas, and on ways to create soils and grow trees that absorb carbon, so that new forms of living and organising may become possible.