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

A Solution for Struggling Small Towns: Organic Food?

Small towns and communities all over our country are constantly in a search for make-over, particularly those that have had their industrial base shut down, like Gasden, AL shown in this photograph.  Gasden lost their major industries in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and was forced to take steps for revitalization.  After decades of struggle, Gasden… Read More

In Maryland, rescuing food that might otherwise be wasted

A recent article in Fast Company revealed a study done by the Potsdam Institute which concludes that food shortage is less an issue of availability than it is a distribution problem.  In 2010, the last time the data was collected, we wasted 510 kilocalories per person per day, as compared with 310 kilocalories in 1965.… Read More

U.S. Mayors Back 100% Renewable Energy, Vow to Fill Climate Leadership Void

The U.S. Conference of Mayors also voted to support quick electrification of vehicles and urged Congress to back the Clean Power Plan and Paris climate agreement. Scenes like the image above are likely to become more prevalent in urban cities across the US as the US Conference of Mayors has made a commitment to move… Read More