Local Farms Key to Healthy and Resilient Food Systems — Episode 140 of Building Local Power

Date: 25 Nov 2021 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power, Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of Building Local Power, ILSR’s Linda Bilsens Brolis and Sophia Hosain speak with Emma Jagoz, owner of Moon Valley Farm in Maryland. Their discussion focuses on the importance of supporting local food systems and how Emma’s farm is operated with community and sustainability in mind.… Read More

People Love Local Food. Yet Local Farmers are Disappearing. What’s Going On? (Episode 65)

Date: 7 Feb 2019 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Stacy Mitchell speaks with Leah Douglas, a reporter covering the political economy of food. They discuss corporate concentration in the food industry and the future of American farming. … Read More

Supporting Family Farming in the Age of Monopoly with Joe Maxwell (Episode 33)

Date: 16 Nov 2017 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Joe Maxwell of the Organization for Competitive Markets details how our economy is tilted against family farms and rural communities, and how he’s working to build a political movement to change that.… Read More

Farmworkers of the World — Unite!

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (October 26, 2017), available here. Florida produces 90 percent of our winter tomatoes. The Immokalee region in southwestern Florida grows one-third of all U.S. tomatoes. The plight of farmworkers in the … Read More

This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms. (Episode 32)

Date: 2 Nov 2017 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Ikerd, an agricultural economist, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss the consolidation of our food system and why he supports family farms as opposed to corporate mega-farms.… Read More

Some Skepticism on Solar Thermal Power’s Storage Potential

Date: 3 Jan 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday New York Times reporter Matt Wald had a piece on the role of energy storage in supporting the expansion of renewable energy.  However, his specific focus on solar thermal power generation overlooks the potentially high costs of relying on … Read More

State Energy Self-Reliance Potential

Date: 3 May 2011 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following map was the headline graphic to our 2009 report, Energy Self-Reliant States, the report that inspired this blog.  I re-created the map for web viewing, so it’s now even easier to share how each state can meet its electricity consumption with in-state renewable energy resources. 

The renewable resources considered include on- and off-shore wind, rooftop solar PV, hydro, combined heat and power, and high-temperature geothermal.  Read the Energy Self-Reliant States report for more details.

Click the image for a larger version or here for an interactive one.

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