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The Super Bowl of Subsidies

What comes to mind when you think of the Super Bowl? The Bronco’s stunning offense? The glitzy halftime show? Chicken wings and Clydesdales? Call me a spoil sport, but I can’t help thinking subsidies. That’s because even though the NFL (National Football League) generates $51 million a year in ticket sales, $2.1 billion in merchandising…

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Davos: peeling back the veneer

Scrolling through the website of the World Economic Forum – convening this week in Davos, Switzerland – one might confuse the premier platform for global capital with a savvy and hip think tank, or perhaps a philanthropic aid and development charity. The content is carefully curated to sedate and comfort. The right buzzwords are there: “impact…

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Introducing the Local Bites Podcast

Tracking the rise of localist movements & ideas from around the world.   The International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) is pleased to announce the launch of Local Bites, our new podcast series featuring leading voices and inspiring examples from the worldwide movement for localization (listen to one of our first two episodes below).…

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Born to Buy?

With Christmas just behind us, household consumption has hit its yearly peak in many countries. Despite the homely pictures of tranquility on mass-produced greeting cards, the fact is that Christmas is more about frenzied shopping and overspending than peace or quality time with family and friends. As with so many areas of our lives, the…

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Beyond ObamaCare: From Healthy Profits to Healthy People

As the New Year approaches, the political agenda in the United States is still overrun with last-minute squabbling over the Affordable Care Act, known more familiarly as ObamaCare. Framed erroneously as a dichotomous debate—left versus right, socialism versus capitalism, government versus business—the real flaws of the law have been effectively concealed in political melodrama. The…

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7 billion for dinner? Here’s how to feed them

At this time of year – the Thanksgiving season – more Americans are celebrating conspicuous food consumption than giving thanks for a successful harvest.  But in either case it’s a good time to consider how to feed not only America’s population in the years to come, but the rest of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants.…

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Localists of the world, unite! An urgent call to join the movement against the TPP & TTIP

Over the past two decades, communities across the world have been working to build more just, sustainable and locally based alternatives to the global corporate economy. As a result, pro-local initiatives have grown by leaps and bounds, including farmers markets, food cooperatives,“buy local” and “move your money” campaigns, small business alliances, and local renewable energy…