About the New Rules Project

Date: 15 Jan 2009 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) proposes a set of new rules that builds community by supporting humanly scaled politics and economics. The rules call for:

  • Decisions made by those impacted
  • Communities accepting responsibility for the welfare of their members and the next generation
  • Households and communities possessing or owning sufficient productive capacity to generate real wealth

NewRules.org discusses the importance of rules and catalogs the best.  We make the rules and the rules make us.… Read More

Packers and Stockyard Act

Date: 20 Nov 2008 | posted in: agriculture | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Packers and Stockyards Act passed in 1921 to maintain competition in the livestock industry.

TheAct contains provisions banning price discrimination, the manipulation of prices, weight manipulation of livestock or carcasses, manipulation of carcass grades, commercial bribery, and misrepresentation of source, condition, or quality of livestock, in addition to other unfair and deceptive practices. The importance of the law has increased as concentration in the livestock industry continues to grow dramatically.

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Corporate Ownership Limitations

Date: 20 Nov 2008 | posted in: agriculture | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Corporate owned farms tend to be large-scale operations that produce food for consumers who are widely dispersed geographically. They are also operations whose profits are more likely to end up in corporate headquarters than back in the local economy. And when corporate farming expands, those who farm the land become tenants rather than independent producers.… Read More

Cooperative Ownership

Date: 20 Nov 2008 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Increasingly, a small handful of corporations control inputs, credit, elevators, processing facilities, and markets necessary to grow and distribute agricultural products. Since the last half of the 19th century, farmer owned cooperatives have provided farmers a stronger presence in the marketplace and greater bargaining power to control the costs of inputs and the value of outputs. These new forms of agricultural cooperatives are commonly referred to as "value-added coops" or "new generation coops." In 1994, 2,200 marketing coops sold 31 percent of all U.S. farm commodities and 29 percent of the nation’s farm supplies.… Read More

Report: Energy Self-Reliant States – Homegrown Renewable Power

Date: 15 Nov 2008 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How much energy could be generated by states tapping into internal renewable resources? This November 2008 report by David Morris and John Farrell presents preliminary data that suggests that at least half of the fifty states could meet all their internal energy needs from renewable energy generated inside their borders, and the vast majority could meet a significant percentage.

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Report: Rural Power – Community-Scaled Renewable Energy and Rural Economic Development

Date: 5 Aug 2008 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This August 2008 report by David Morris and John Farrell was sponsored by the Ford Foundation. The next 20 years could generate as much as $1 trillion in new renewable energy investment in rural America. The report is a policy roadmap for states and the federal government that would redesignpolicies to encourage a highly decentralized and dispersed renewable energy industry that is significantly locally owned. Doing so would multiply the number of rural areas that benefit from burgeoning renewable energy industries, and would create a sustainable asset whose wealth and revenue will largely remain in revived local communities and regions.

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Cellulosic Biofuels: Another Opportunity for Washington to Marry Agriculture and Energy Goals

Date: 12 May 2008 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today, cellulosic ethanol can no longer be ignored. Even as the quantity of ethanol from corn increases, the age of corn ethanol is drawing to a close. Few new corn-to-ethanol plants will be built beyond those currently in the ?nancing and construction pipeline. The opportunity to build on the farmer-owned corn-to-ethanol biore?nery model is over. But the opportunity for local ownership is just beginning for cellulosic biofuels.  This piece by David Morris was originally published in Ethanol Today magazine. … Read More

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