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Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America

Margo just sent me this outstanding animated map that displays the viral growth of Walmart across the US from 1962 to 2007. When Walmart threatened to come to my little New Hampshire town, I was adamant that we block the request because I feared for the local businesses and didn’t want a commercial “strip” with stop lights and all that put up (any more than there already was) to replace the farmland that was there. But they built it anyway and caused several Main Street local businesses to shut their doors after generations of family ownership. The farmland (which we will need again someday!) is now being sold off and developed with other chain stores. Beautiful farm houses have been bulldozed to make way for “progress” in the form of parking lots and flat-roofed strip malls. What once was fertile, beautiful farmland is slowly disintegrating into depressing and unsustainable urban blight. But hey! I can buy a blender and shampoo at 11pm! The Walmart ecosystem is ugly and detrimental to local economies and attitudes. I like to think of it as a money funnel—collecting community money and siphoning it directly out of town. Has your town experienced a similar transformation with the coming of Walmart?

We are Farmily: Everyday Life on Sole Food Street Farm

Food is the medium. The message is nourishment in its most elemental and spiritual form.That’s how author Michael Ableman sees the role of Sole Food Street Farm and the food it sells to markets, restaurants, and individuals.In the following excerpt from his new book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier, […] Read More

Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich?To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that you […] Read More

From Farm-to-Table to Farm-to-Everything

No longer restricted to the elite segments of society, the farm-to-table movement now reaches a wide spectrum of Americans from hospital and office cafeterias to elementary schools and fast-casual restaurants.Nearly a century ago, the idea of “local food” would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Today, most of the food consumed in […] Read More

The Three Cs of Farm-to-School

Most people know about the three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, have you heard about the three “C’s”?If you, or your kid, is at a school that takes part in the Farm-to-School movement, then you may already know about them.October is National Farm-to-School month, and in their book Farm to Table, authors Darryl […] Read More

Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way?Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s […] Read More
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