Magazine article New Internationalist

Note from New Internationalist Co-Operative

Magazine article New Internationalist

Note from New Internationalist Co-Operative

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I put in a new vegetable garden this year, ambitiously too big, I'm sure. But it feels good to watch the thin green shoots battle with the birds, the bugs and the hot sun. This is growth I can live with - productive and life-affirming. The other kind, the one that rules our economic lives, is more disturbing.

As the iconoclastic US writer Kenneth Boulding once quipped: 'If you believe exponential growth can go on in a finite world, you're either a madman or an economist.'

There are lots of people who understand that, at least implicitly. In my neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, our local park has become a laboratory for reclaiming public space, an alternative vision of the way the world could be. There are volunteer gardens, an outdoor bake oven, an organic farmers' market and Friday night community suppers.

Like the enthusiasm for local food systems arid 'downshifting', our park is a small part of the transition which is slowly emerging. …

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