Table for six billion, please

October 19, 2008 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

I had a chance to catch up on my reading this week-end, including back issues of The Sun, one of my favorite magazines. The August issue featured a great interview with Judy Wicks, by David Kupfer. Judy is the founder of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, which promotes locally grown whole food, pays decent wages, and serves as a business model for other sustainable local enterprises regionally and internationally. She also co-founded the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. 

Judy believes that sustainable farms lay the groundwork for a sustainble local economic system and are more important now than ever before (this was said even before the economic crisis) for energy independence and economic viability.

She says a local living economy is one “in which basic needs are produced close to home in ways that are sustainable and don’t harm the environment. This requires a cooperative mentality, because there’s no such thing as a stand-alone sustainable business — it must be part of a sustainable system. Individuals or individual businesses can’t provide for all our basic needs by themselves. We need a local food system, a local energy system, local cothing manufacturing, and green building methods. In the face of climate change and peak oil, our survival depends on community self-reliance.”

Check it out.

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