Alternative economics Archive

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The economics of local food in New Zealand

This is a post about local food. I love eating food grown in my region, the Waikato in New Zealand’s heartland. I don’t think local food is just an idealistic middle class fad, as some cynical commentators claim. But the local food economy is an interesting and paradoxical phenomenon, particularly in New

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Ecoman: health, wealth and New Zealand culture

I’ve been reading Ecoman, the lively and inspiring book by Ecostore founder Malcolm Rands. He’s one of New Zealand’s creative entrepreneurial thinkers, and also a pioneer of ethical business practice. Like its author, this book is brimming with ideas and energy. It’s also very readable. Ecostore is one of my favourite New Zealand

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Fair traders

This weekend my ukulele group The Strumbles played at our local Trade Aid shop for World Fair Trade Day. Trade Aid is one of my favourite shops in Hamilton. It’s full of beautiful things and delicious fair trade food. It’s also a successful not-for-profit business and social justice organisation.

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Waikato Time Bank: A local treasure

Of the many great organizations we have in the Waikato, one of the absolute treasures is the Time Bank. I’ve tried to explain how the Time Bank works to several friends, and I always end up saying, “It’s really hard to explain. You have to try it yourself, to see what it’s