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Lexicon of Sustainability

Watchword: Economies of community

Watchword: Economies of community
In an effort to draw attention to the best and brightest ideas in sustainability, the Lexicon of Sustainability's Food List project defines the words that are integral to a healthy, transparent, accountable food system. Each week, we explore a new word through information artwork, films and written works. See the full list of Food List words here. 

Since the end of World War II, we've witnessed the consolidation of nearly every aspect of our food system. Across the country, the vital local infrastructures that once supported and fed communities, that took decades to build, have been dismantled. Towns have watched their slaughterhouses, supermarkets, butchers, dairies and bakeries simply disappear. The question is how do we usher in a period of reform? To usher in a period or freform you need a counter movement, a social movement powerful enough to force us to institute reforms. 

One option?

Economies of community: Economies focused on networks of farms, highly local distribution channels and motivated consumers. These are ways to build healthy local food systems. 

Three principles of EOC:
1.    Transparent equal access to information
2.    Democratized equal voice and ability to take action
3.    Frictionless simple transactions and feedback

In this picture: Benzi Ronen from Farmigo

Learn more about Ronen in this short film exploring economies of community. Ronen is the  founder of Farmigo, which acts as a platform for food entrepreneurs to launch their own farmers markets and management software tools to farms. In the film, Ronen explains how the principle of economies of community can help connect people while rebuilding local food systems. 

For the past three years, the Lexicon of Sustainability has sought out the foremost practitioners of sustainability in food and farming to gain their insights and experiences on this important subject. What began as a photography project to spread their knowledge has grown to include short films, study guides, traveling shows, a book and lastly a website where people can add their own terms to this ever-evolving lexicon. See more at:

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