Taster #4 – “The Joy of Local Food”

This was a delightful sequence to film, travelling West into the English countryside to meet two people equally passionate about the importance of David Fleming’s concept of localisation. In particular they are concerned about what is wrong with the kind of global food system that has taken over our lives (“supermarkets are the enemy…but we love them”). But more importantly both Sir Roger Scruton, the philosopher, and Helena Norberg-Hodge, the anthropologist, are inspired by David Fleming’s work in driving forward the practical alternative – the growth of the local food movement (“it’s the economics of happiness”).

As his famous quote goes,
“Localisation stands, at best, at the limits of practical possibility. But it has the decisive argument in its favour that there will be no alternative.”

Here is the full version of our taster on place, localisation and community, giving a first sense of what may appear in the final film:

And this is the tighter version focused on local food that I cooked up for Facebook:

Next stop on on my fascinating odyssey around the brain of David Fleming is set to take me to a Repair CafĂ© this weekend, where the principles of the Transition Towns movement are challenging our throw-away society…


10 Responses to “Taster #4 – “The Joy of Local Food””

  1. Helen Innes Says:

    I wanted to share this with my friends on Facebook. As evil as fb is it would be good to be able to link this video in. Another great clip by the way.

  2. Shaun Chamberlin Says:

    Hi Helen,

    You’ll find this latest taster on Facebook here, ready for sharing:

    I’ve also added a link to it above, for others keen to do the same.

    And thanks!

  3. Maria Miguel Says:

    I love these ideas! This is what I wish the world retail sector could look like in the future. However I don’t see how. Supermarket chains are very powerful and their strength grows from the human default of laziness and search for comfort.

  4. Peter Armstrong Says:

    The thought that on my plate, I may have fish from China, avocado from Brazil, Peruvian asparagus and oranges from California is just insane. I will be left with no knowledge of the farming practices in the production of this food. As unsustainable as it gets.

  5. JT Michaels Says:

    Thank you. I’ve shared it in the Bioregional Based Eating and Economies: Great Lakes Region group. #bioregionalfoodandeconomies

  6. Lidia P. Maja Says:

    We used to have local stores where farmers would bring the most delicious food ever to sell. I still remember the smell of tomatoes or fruit . All this disappeared as soon as the communism disappeared and the huge corporations came in with the super markets and killed small buissnes. Very sad ;(

  7. Jacky Smith Says:

    see http://www.deanforestfoodhub.org.uk – you can do it !

  8. Maria Plaka Says:

    I have a small garden 200 sq.mt I have fruit trees and vegetables. What I do I eat what I have. Make up meals with my few ingediance. Last week I had several peppers so I made myself rice with peppers added a few casious and some raisins and a few cherry tomatoes it turned out perfect. As for fruit this time of the year I have pomangrade. The lettuce is almost ready and I get some weeds that can be eaten. I enjoy every moment that I eat my own crops and so do my grandchildren. They tell their mom that they eat only granmas brocolo !!!.

  9. Diana Musfeldt Says:

    Everyone could make their own food and I’ve got a rough plan for it: give poor college kids a part-time job for minimum wage to come out and plant basic vegetable crops and tend to them only a few times a week in all of that wasted backyard space people don’t let their kids use. They can be taught how to understand diseased plants, which they can teach the homeowner about as well, check for bugs, and pick the crops when they’re ripe. They can also keep a small finders fee of some to take home. Houses can either sell their wares around the neighborhood or be altruistic and give them away. Pay the kids with taxes, homeowners association fee..whatever. Pay them out of your own pocket for the money you’d save spending it on the grocery store and gas to get there. The main issues would be honesty, trading goods, and all of the pesticides people put on their lawns.

  10. JT Michaels Says:

    If I may offer this short read to the conversation:



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