He Hacked a Way to Talk to Plants — and They Talk Back

Food insecurity is an issue all around the world.  Many scientists are focusing on ways to make home gardening more foolproof.  When we can grow our own food, we can begin to feel that we have control over our future. This article reveals the work of one scientist who has developed a tool to “talk”… Read More

Emergence of a New Story: Redeveloping a Vernacular for Workers as Commoners

EDA is blessed to have one of the leading economic thinkers in the world as a Senior Advisor.  James Quilligan is a man with fresh ideas, and a new way of looking at the issues we face in the world we live.  This brief article is an introduction to the “real” meaning of The Commons. … Read More

5 Reasons to Join the Locavore Movement

Over the past several years, there has been a growing movement of people who have found a passion for the growing locavore movement.  This stems from an expectation of local food as the healthy alternative.  This brief article gives you five reasons to embrace the locavore movement if you haven’t done so already.  Whether your… Read More

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change

We’ve had a remarkable year as far as climate goes.  So far this season, we’ve experienced five Category 3 (or above) hurricanes, with substantial damage to the Houston area with Hurricane Harvey and the devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.  With another 45 days left in hurricane season, we can expect more to come. … Read More

How Electricity Cooperatives in the US are Paving the Way for a Renewable Future

We’re seeing a new wave of cooperatives gaining foothold around the country.  Food cooperatives have been around for quite some time and we’re seeing more of these emerge each year.  Energy cooperatives have also been with us for a while, but there is a growing movement in this area to push for energy cooperatives to… Read More

An All-Volunteer Squad Of Farmers Is Turning Florida Lawns Into Food

There is a growing movement throughout the country of homeowners who are taking steps to make the “local-vore movement” very, very local.  These homeowners are transforming their beautiful lawns into their own mini-farms.  The interest in this trend is spreading quickly and is particularly being embraced in more moderate climates where lawns can evolve into… Read More

Lauren Baker on the Importance of Transparency in the True Cost of Food

One of the hidden mysteries of modern living is the experience of shopping at the local grocery store.  We become complacent right from childhood to expect food will be there for us.  And, we rarely think about the cost of the food item that we place in our shopping cart.  With the advent of an… Read More

Personal Indoor Farming — Fall 2016

Our blog posts have shared ideas that communities can adopt to address providing a healthy resource for food.  Even larger communities and cities like Chicago can take a fresh approach to infusing high-quality food locally.  We’ve shared many examples of this nature in hopes that some of these would provide inspiration to you to take… Read More

Study says bioregion could be food self-reliant by 2050

At our annual conference last May, we introduced our new research initiative focusing on carrying capacity, with presentations from members of the EDA Research Team.  The research was a beginning of our effort to determine what the capacity for bioregions was for several places around North America.  Carrying capacity is the ability of a specific… Read More

Five Basic Survival Needs of Human Beings

We hear the word “sustainability” and realize that it often means different things to different people.  But when you strip away all of the niceties, and really get down to it, sustainability is simply long-term survival.  To establish sustainability, we believe that there must be a radical change in the thinking of what is essential… Read More