Great article, brilliant idea

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  1. SueinWA

    SueinWA Junior Member

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    I came across this article in the November 2009 issue of AcresUSA.

    "Bringing Money Back to Earth -- Slow Money: 'Nurture Capital' for Communities and the Environment" by Woody Tasch.

    "Woody Tasch is a financier with an idea, and it’s a humdinger. Since the government isn’t too interested and industry is too self-interested, he argues, we need to assemble a new type of investment structure and put money directly into sustainable farming. He calls it Slow Money, inspired, as he explains below, by the Slow Food movement and by realizing that the dizzying speed of money flows in the 21st century has ripped finance away from its moorings in reality. Tasch proposes the opposite: invest in food systems down the road, slow the money down, and watch it do things in the real world."

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    "Slow Money is definitely about local food systems and about organics and soil fertility, that’s our core. It is about food but it’s also the recognition that real structural
    alternatives on a macro-economic level are desperately needed, and they are not going to come from Wall Street."

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    "... this is the future of social investing, in my opinion. We need to build a highly
    decentralized, appropriate scale, community- based, biodiverse food system that
    puts more organic matter in the soil and less toxins in our food and leaves more water in the aquifers."

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    "This is not about tracking some arbitrary set of numbers that were produced by many of the activities that we wish to correct. This is about identifying tangible things with
    high intrinsic value in our communities, things we need to invest in for our quality of life and possibly our survival. We are going to learn how much money we can make doing those things, but we’re not going to define those things against an arbitrary rate of return or an index that has so much destruction in it that it is irrelevant to a social investor. Two, we’re introducing the concept of place. By place, I mean not only the community, not only the region in which we live, but all the way down to the soil. We want to put organic matter back in the soil, we want the carbon back in the soil. We want to preserve soil fertility. At a slightly larger level we want to restore and preserve the fertility of our communities — the social fertility, the health of our communities
    and our bio-regions. We want to invest closer to home, and we want to know what we’re investing in."

    You can read the whole thing here:
    https://www.acresusa.com/toolbox/reprint ... _Tasch.pdf

    Sue
     
  2. Bird

    Bird Junior Member

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    Re: Great article, brilliant idea

    Have often thought of this type of thing for our remote Indiginous Communities, It would improve their nutrition, health, As they are not as nomadic as in the past so are not recieving the variety of bush tucker they did in days gone by. The stores in these communities mainly sell fried fast foods, and supermarkets? in communities are extreemly expensive and fresh fruit and veg not good standard, mainly due to distance and freight handling.

    main community gardens for fruit and veg
    out stations for meat and dairy

    Ability to help themselves with out the white fella interference

    Bird
     

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