[Sdpg] Last Day to VOTE/Change.org/thriving economy that makes real, healthy food, instead of a fake one that just makes money for bankers
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
sbpcnet at silcom.com
Fri Mar 12 09:10:58 PST 2010
Today is the last day to
for Slow Money as one of change.org's Top Ten Ideas for Change in America.
We started the day at number 15. We need 893 votes to jump into the
Top Ten and make it to folks in the Obama Administration.
There can be 2 million earthworms in one acre of fertile
soil. (We're not sure how many organic beets there could be in a
fertile economy, but it's a pretty big number.)
here for Slow Money on
Words for Change in America
Folks across the country know something is wrong. There's just
something about the system we've created over several decades that is
inherently flawed. Some blame the government, others big banks, still
others blame political parties, but all agree that there's something
that's just not quite working the way it should. People are losing
homes, jobs, and health coverage at an alarming rate because of the
societal turbulence in the enormous yet formless thing we call the economy.
Enter Change.org and their <http://www.change.org/ideas>10 Ideas for
Change in America. Taking advantage of the concept of "the wisdom of
crowds," Change.org launched a campaign to find 10 great ideas. It
began with thousands that were submitted by ordinary individuals and
organized interest groups alike. These were whittled down through
online voting to a more manageable 70 or so, and right now the voting
is getting down to the wire to choose which 10 ideas will be
presented to the White House - as in formally presented to senior
people there, not just sent in an envelope to 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue. You can (and should!) vote too.
All, or nearly all at least, are worthy ideas. Each has its merit and
is worthy of consideration. But for those with an interest in food,
three of them rise to the top quickly, and first among equals is
The idea is a simple one: invest as if food, farms and fertility
actually mattered. Get anyone who invests money (and if you have a
401k or an IRA, that's you too) to direct just 1% of it toward small
food enterprises and local food systems. Get at least that small sum
of money out of the hands of Wall Street, huge banks and
multinationals and use it, quite literally, as seed money. Invest in
local farms, food systems, artisans, brewers, bakers, cheese-makers
and so on and keep that money close to home.
We'd create a thriving economy that makes real, healthy food, instead
of a fake one that just makes money for bankers. One that invests in
people and the land, not in some distant amorphous concept called Wall Street.
In their book Inside the Apple, a Streetwise History of New York
City, this is how Michelle and James Nevius describe the building of
the palisade for which Wall Street was named: "The wall had two major
problems: it wasn't needed and it didn't work."
Also interested in investing in the land is the American Farmland
Trust, whose idea for saving farm and ranchland is doing quite well
in the balloting, as well as an initiative to put a garden in every
school. Both are important concepts you've heard me advocate for
vociferously for years.
Slow Money is new and novel though, and needs more votes before this
thing wraps up at 5pm EST this Friday, 3/12. Please
<http://www.change.org/ideas>visit Change.org, vote for these 3 ideas
and any other 7 you feel are worthy. It's fun, important, and it only
takes a couple minutes.
<http://www.change.org/ideas> Thank you.
By Kurt Friese, Restaurant owner, SFUSA board member, and publisher
of Edible Iowa River Valley
Posted: March 10, 2010 09:28 AM
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