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Food Shocks and Garden Solutions

Food Shocks and Garden Solutions

What Is A Food Shock? In case you haven’t been following the news lately, we’re currently facing what the media call climate change food shocks. These mega-threats will be triggered by already serious but increasingly extreme droughts, aquifer and surface water...

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Material Food Flow in 2023

Material Food Flow in 2023

The (Now Even Greater) Field-to-Fork Dropoff I was really happy to discover the material food flow chart (below) published by the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan. It’s been so useful in my blogs e.g, The Evidence and webinar....

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The Garden Food System – I

The Garden Food System – I

Basic Structure Contrary to popular belief, the importance of home gardens is not confined to small scale, individual use. I believe I’ve now clearly documented that they can provide a substantial proportion of a country’s food and can do so far more efficiently than...

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The Garden Food System – II

The Garden Food System – II

Why The Garden and Industrial Food Systems Are So Different First, just to map out some context, how are the two systems alike? Well to begin with, as their titles denote, they are both systems. A system is a group of interacting parts that work together as a whole....

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The Garden Food System – III

The Garden Food System – III

Current IFS System Fixes Fall Short of an Optimal Solution How do we assess the viability of food system fixes? First, let’s consider what constitutes an optimal “system fix.” One of the most comprehensive and thoughtful descriptions of what a truly sustainable farm-...

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The Garden Food System – IV

The Garden Food System – IV

How Will an Expanded GFS Impact the IFS? Suppose, just suppose, that at some point home gardens began to supply, say, 20% of all our food. How would that affect the industrial food system, given that we’re already on the way with 41% of all households currently having...

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False Narratives of Food Production

False Narratives of Food Production

Much of the discourse around the industrial food system—and how to make it more sustainable—hinges on the six untrue but largely unquestioned narratives discussed here. Together, they present a decidedly distorted picture about how the U.S. and the world produces and...

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