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Global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades

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“The younger generations are into growing food, they’re into alternatives to transportation, and to me it’s almost a survival mechanism that has switched on.”

Beyond what we can grow ourselves and with neighbors, we can also foster local sustainability with our own dollars – while they still hold value, that is.

“Life in the mid-21st century is going to be about living locally,” predicts social critic and author James Howard Kunstler in a widely viewed 2007 TED Talk.

“Be prepared to be good neighbors. Be prepared to find vocations that make you useful to your neighbors and to your fellow citizens.”

The East End Market, the Audubon Park Garden District’s local-food hub, is full of useful neighbors, including grocer Emily Rankin, who owns Local Roots.

“Supporting our local economy is a big factor for me,” says Rankin, “but I think more importantly, it’s about preserving the land that we need in order to have the things that we need as people.”

Rankin says that addressing the sustainability crisis “is a driving force in what we do.”

“We absolutely need access to local food,” says Rankin. “We’re trying to create access without the need for additional resources. Having proximity to the food that we eat is critical.”

** There's a lot of commotion about who actually published/presented this study. While it was funded in part by NASA, the report was an independent investigation. The results do not represent the views or conclusions of NASA. Read the Guardian's piece here.

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