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Economies of Scope

Posted by on 15 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: food, organics

The last two centuries of human evolution have been driven by “Economies of Scale”. Bigger is better, centralized infrastructure and distribution. My friend Gunter Pauli suggests a different model for the 21st century and beyond based on the notion of “economies of scope”:

Fish is healthy and proteine rich, but human appetite can hardly be satisfied only with fish caught from the oceans. On the other hand, the many fishes squeezed together in aquaculture lead to eutrophication of the ponds and surroundings due to the high amounts of fish feed and feces.

China has a long tradition of sustainable aquaculture. Professor George Chan has studied the production methods in the rural areas of his homeland and learned how to combine fish ponds and piggery in an intelligent manner. The pig maure is lead through algae ponds where benthos and plancton is raised which serves as feed for the fishes. The grass on the dikes is used as animal feed as well.

The result is a cycle of nutrients which involves all five kingdoms of nature. Without any additional fishfeed, the productivity achieved is lower if you only account for fish, but as there is also pork and vegetables, the business is competitive and economically sustainable. A new aquaculture model which uses economies of scope: This is how Blue Economy works.

More at http://www.blueeconomy.de/

Host an Earth Dinner on April 22nd

Posted by on 08 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: organics

The Earth Dinner card deckWhat started as a handful of events in 2003 has since grown to include thousands of participants at events nationwide, public and private, large and small.

Consider that what and how we eat determines the health of the Earth. Now share that revelation, with an Earth Dinner celebration! Earth Day is April 22, so now is a great time to plan a get-together. Enjoy good food, and food for thought.

From a potluck dinner to a masterful multi-course presentation, the key to a successful Earth Dinner is having meaningful discussion at the table to discover the origins of what’s being served: How was it grown? Where did it come from? Who grew it? What is its nutritional value? How does this food connect to your own personal history and those of your guests? If your appetizer could talk, what would it say?

For a creativity jump-start, download free sample cards

List of events: http://www.earthdinner.org/events.html

Organic Flowers for V-Day

Posted by on 04 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: business, organics


One Dozen Classic Red Roses

I’m always pleased to report on mainstream coverage of the green economy. Sunday’s New York Times Fashion & Style section looks at ‘green flowers’.

To Pull a Thorn From the Side of the Planet

…as in other industries with increasing demand for green products, the floral industry is debating what is environmentally correct. Should flowers be organic — that is, grown without synthetic or toxic pesticides? Or should the emphasis be on fair trade, meaning that the workers who grow and cut them are safe and well paid? Or should consumers favor flowers grown locally, not flown or trucked over long distances? In other words, what, exactly, is a green flower? Full Article…

If you can’t find organic flowers locally or you need flowers delivered, try Organic Bouquet. (At last year’s LOHAS 11 Forum they announced their acquisition of the Organic Style brand from organic market pioneers Rodale. More on that story to follow.)

Update: MediaPost looks at fair trade implications…

::Photo: Organic Bouquet