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

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

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

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