Community Sustainability 

Edible City

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Buying organic foods, the 100-mile diet, and going green. These are all terms we hear more and more in today’s news and media but are really nothing new. To combine all those aspects into an ultra-sustainable project however, is not something that comes about very often. Edible City, is an upcoming documentary that showcases a number of communities responding to the global food crisis by creating a sustainable food system within their local area.

While the industrialization of agriculture has made certain products cheap and affordable for the Western world, the social and environmental costs to farm and transport such items are tremendous. Can a local food system really sustain all the needs and wants for its community? Edible City seems to have an answer to that.

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  • http://www.vidafine.com ben

    hey Eugene, i like the idea a lot! it's simple and just sounds so much more logical or 'natural' to have farming integrated in communities

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.loo Eugene Loo

    Definitely. I think looking at this entirely self-functioning food system might turn some people off initially, it seems so far fetched and time consuming to create.

    However I think we just need to think small. Planting a few vegetables or maybe some herbs in the backyard or even on the window sill would be a great start.

  • http://twitter.com/mlpeasj alpeas

    You had me at “edible”.

    I started reading Deep Economy by Bill McKibben http://bit.ly/96BLDx ('cuz I got in on sale for $5 at Chapters last summer – score!), and I think anyone who's remotely interested in sustainability, policy, and so on, would find it the perfect easy read. There's this one chapter on eating locally and he uses Cuba (!!!) as an example.

    The most surprising thing is that a lot of these “green” movements have been around for ages (e.g. CSAs, etc.), and it's exciting to see that they're really catching on now and entire communities are responding. I personally don't find self-functioning systems too far-fetched, and if the current state of our nations isn't indication enough, we're going to have to make big lifestyle changes over the next several years anyway. No time like the present!

  • http://www.vidafine.com ben

    what seems far-fetched today may not be so far-fetched tomorrow. we r living in exponential times!

    and i agree. self-sustaining communities just 'makes sense' to me.

    check this out too: