Last year the Urban Sustainability team of the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Natural Resource Management Board convened a session on urban agriculture. They have recently published a Edible Adelaide report detailing the outcomes from this session including a map of local food initiatives. Moving forward the Urban Sustainability team is looking to work with and support community groups to further develop our urban food network. For more information see the Edible Adelaide site.
The current economic system with its focus on money and GDP is highly destructive to our well-being and the entire the planet. It is hard to envision how we can move beyond this way of managing our activities and meeting our needs. There have been in recent decades a number of alternative economics concepts developed. The conceptualisation by Kate Raworth of a Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries that can be used to guide our economic activities is one of the more recent, and I think exciting, approaches to challenge the dominant paradigm.
The following clip is a good introduction to the concept:
I recently met with Sue Andrews, Julie Webb and Kylie Willison, the co-ordinators of the Adelaide LETS system, to chat about what makes them so passionate about LETS. The local exchange trading scheme (LETS) is a system that has developed over the years to allow disparate goods and services to be traded outside of the dominant monetary system. Continue reading