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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/family-farming-blp-episode-33/

“A competitive marketplace is fundamental to how our country should work,” says Joe Maxwell. In recent years, though, many markets have stopped being competitive, including food and farming. In this episode of in this episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, Maxwell sits down to talk about it with Stacy Mitchell, ILSR’s co-director.

Maxwell, the former Lt. Gov. of Missouri, is now executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets. He’s also the president and CEO of Family Farm Action, a coalition of family farmers and advocates that’s building the “political muscle” to fight for farmers and communities. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sustainable-agriculture-blp-episode-31/

Since the 1960s, there’s been a concerted effort by economists and policymakers to consolidate family farms into large-scale industrial agriculture operations. The thinking was that these giant farms could better feed the world. Today’s guest, John Ikerd, was one of those economists — that is, until the farm crisis hit in the 1980s. Ikerd took a… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2017

Press Release: Amazon Angles for Subsidies in Search of Second HQ

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-amazon-subsidies-hq/

In response to Amazon’s announcement that it is seeking a location for a second North American headquarters, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, issued the following statement:

“Amazon’s announcement that it’s opening a search for a second North American headquarters is only the latest play in Amazon’s long-time strategy of financing its growth through public subsidies. Over the last decade, as Amazon has mastered this strategy, it’s come to employ site location experts and lobbyists in its efforts to pit local and state governments against each other for the largest subsidy package…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2017

What Neighborhood Retail Gets Right – Episode 27 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/neighborhood-retail-episode-27-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this week’s Building Local Power podcast episode, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell interviewed Gina Schaefer, a Washington D.C.-based founder of several Ace Hardware stores and a board member of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The two discuss a number of topics, including how her Logan Circle neighborhood reacted to her first store opening and the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2017

Walmart aims high on lowering carbon footprint

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmart-aims-high-on-lowering-carbon-footprint/

Marketplace – August 1, 2017 Written by Dan Boyce When the U.S. backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement earlier this year, many environmentalists were dismayed.  Many, however, are reassured by the fact that businesses are increasingly stepping up their game in terms of reducing their carbon footprint. In April, retail giant Walmart  announced a… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2017

More Money, More Problems For Amazon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/more-money-more-problems-for-amazon/

National Public Radio – July 28, 2017 Written by Lauren Silverman (Heard on Morning Edition) This week Amazon became the fourth company in the U.S. worth half a trillion dollars. The online retail giant is in the exclusive club with Apple, Microsoft and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Americans clearly love Amazon: one of every two… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2017

Should the city be using incentives on Amazon?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/should-the-city-be-using-incentives-on-amazon/

The Florida Times-Union – July 27, 2017 Written by David Jaffee It says something about the state of the Jacksonville labor market when, according to the Times-Union, hundreds “brave summer heat and long lines to apply for Amazon jobs.” While we should always welcome expanding job opportunities, it is also important to recognize that Amazon… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2017

Despite promises to hire 1,600, study says Amazon will drain jobs from local economies

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Michigan Public Radio – July 27, 2017 Written by Tyler Scott Amazon is in the process of building two distribution centers in Michigan. The online retail magnate has received millions in state money as an incentive to build, and hire, in the Great Lakes state. Yet, researchers at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance suggest Amazon’s impact… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2017

Fishing for Local Power – Episode 25 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fishing-for-local-power-episode-25-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week’s episode of Building Local Power is a great conversation with a close ally and friend of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Niaz Dorry, coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, sits down with hosts Christopher Mitchell and Stacy Mitchell to talk about the growing privatization of the fishing industry, how she organizes her fishing community, and the damage that large-scale fishing does to the environment and her local economy.  Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2017

Memo to Politicians: Bargaining for an Amazon Warehouse? Turn the Tables!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/memo-to-politicians-bargaining-for-an-amazon-warehouse-turn-the-tables/

Bloomberg BNA – July 25, 2017 Written by Greg LeRoy Why Amazon Should Pay to Arrive Instead of paying the retail giant to help it undermine other retailers, I recommend that public officials turn the table: when negotiating with Amazon, you should expect the company to pay for its arrival, not taxpayers. I know that’s counter-intuitive, but it’s… Continue reading