Ideas that need to be grown …
International Land Reform
Secure and equitable access to and control over land reduces poverty and contributes to identity, dignity and inclusion.
Over the past decade the International Land Reform (ILC) has advanced its mission by promoting secure access to land for rural people, mainly through capacity building, dialogue, and advocacy.
Every two years, the ILC organises an international Global Land Forum and Assembly of Members Forum to convene its members and other stakeholders on land, to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and societal linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy.
ILC’s ultimate objective is to mobilise its members and partners to influence land-related policy practice. In pursuit of this objective, the Coalition facilitates multi-stakeholder processes in the search for people-centred responses to land governance challenges.
Buying & Selling Local Food (NZ & OZ)
For information relating markets in your area start with these websites:
1. The EatLocalGrown project is a crowd-sourced community driven tool that helps you find, rate and share locally grown food. There are categories for:
- farmers markets
Small growers can list themselves for free — as long as they have an address for sales and an email contact. It also provides for artisans like butchers and cheese-makers.
2. A similar idea is the RipeNearMe site, which is expressly for home gardeners to sell and swap their home-grown produce direct to nearby neighbours — urban farming has come to town …!
Since colonial times farming in New Zealand has been capital-led and export-focused – most farmers being intent on taking a middle-class living off the land through ‘conventional’ practices. Unlike older countries like Europe, Japan and Africa we do not have our cultural roots in a family/ village-based farming tradition of pre-oil practices. So it is easy to brush aside those struggles of peasants from the other side of the world as distant, irrelevant and backward to the ‘modern’ perspectives of the NZ farmer scene.
But a word of warning to the wise …
For humanity to have any sustainable future will require a deliberated change in global direction. The Food sovereignty model of food production is recognised as a self-integrating, bottom-to-top agrarian solution to the global food/land/peak-oil sustainability crises. Of all the agrarian models on the table it alone matches the self-organising, multi-layered systems which occur naturally within the patterns of the ecosphere. Does this best-case solution provide mankind with a model for universal change … ?
Ever get asked, ‘why do you want to change the world?’
Appropriate answers, and there are many which might be obvious to you, never seem to convince the badgering questioner. For me the most sensible reply became apparent only once I got to know my questioners better – “Because I have understood my own suffering.” It points the challenger towards their own misconceptions, away from yours.
And could they do something about it if it were true?
There is a lot that could be discussed around the uninspected assumption that value and dollars are intrinsically equivalent. For example people assume that inflation is about prices going up, while avoiding the more obvious reality that it’s the value of money going down, whilst the value of actual goods remains consistent.
This article is about how banks get an extra bonus: value that escapes the accounting process, that no one else can get, but everyone else pays for.
A grassroots ‘network of imaginations’ dedicated to creatively exploring, promoting, and celebrating a materially simple but inwardly rich life
There is a paradox at the heart of ’the simple life’ and that is that it is not very simple, in the sense of being easy. Indeed, living a simpler life of reduced consumption in the midst of a consumer society is a great challenge – everything conspires against you. This is not to suggest that living simply is impossible in a consumer culture, but the Simplicity Collective does accept that living simply demands a fundamentally creative engagement with life. The world is increasingly structured to encourage ever-higher levels of consumption.