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

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


In our coverage of the growing local food movement, we’ve been sharing several entrepreneurial efforts that have addressed the need for a focus on growing food on a small scale and distributing that food in an economic way to stores, specialty grocers, and restaurants.  This is a small but ever-increasing group of visionaries who see… Read More

10 Urban Agriculture Projects Making a Difference in Columbus, Ohio

In May 2017, EDA held our first “Our Common Good Conference” where we featured a presentation about carrying capacity in geographical areas around the country. The term “carrying capacity” refers to the ability or limitations of a geographical area to sustain life through the local availability of water and food production. One of the case studies shared in this presentation analyzed… Read More

Why Chicago Is Becoming The Country’s Urban Farming Capital

In recent blog articles we’ve shared the growing trend toward urban farming where some pioneers are using technology to transform old warehouse and industrial buildings into thriving indoor farms.  If you attend our conference in May there will be several presentations on bioregions and looking at carrying capacity for water and food production to serve… Read More

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

We recently published an article about the Local Food Movement that emphasized the importance of having access to healthy food – free of preservatives and chemicals.  While the natural trend in large-scale commercial farming is focused on heavy use of chemicals in fertilizing as crops are planted, and chemicals to preserve the food for long… Read More

The Local Food Movement

Recently we have posted several articles about the growing interest in accessing locally grown food.  There is an increasing awareness that many places in our country are suffering because there are no local groceries that offer healthy food to residents.  The term “food deserts” was introduced in a recent post to shine a light on… Read More

Food Deserts

The image of this desert triggers our imagination. It is a vast region that for the most part is without a lot of resources. Life in a desert is difficult to sustain, with the harsh environment offering little food or water. It is this image that triggered the term “Food Desert.” Sadly this is a… Read More

A Future Farming Industry Grows In Brooklyn

The startup Square Roots is training the next generation of urban farmers in a Bed-Stuy parking lot. One of the things that EDA believes in strongly is that sustainability in the future will rely on local efforts for food.  That can serve as a challenge in urban areas.  We recently released a post about the… Read More