Becoming more localised in relation to food production is a key part of building resilience in our societies, as any impending energy crisis is inevitably a food crisis, so it was great to see Grow It Yourself winning a Social Entrepreneur Award this week.
GIY is an online and community based not-for-profit organisation that supports making home-grown food the norm. Initiatives like GIY are gaining momentum, and are being recognised as having many benefits in terms of health and well-being, in addition to economic and resilience factors.
Local food growing is a key part of 4D planning – for example The River Cottage runs a really interesting initiative called ‘landshare’, where underused gardens or plots of land in the UK can be identified and then used for permaculture etc.
Local food production and consumption is a key element of the transition movement, a social movement responding to the convergence of crises presented by peak oil and climate change.
A major part of food resilience is soil nutrition – see paper by Bruce Daryl in FEASTA’s recent book Fleeing Vesuvius here.
Find out more about the Social Entrepreneur Awards here.