Sacred economics

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Fantastic video with a view that resonates well with the Em2Gem Transition Town movement.


Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein – A Short Film
from Ian MacKenzie on Vimeo.

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Continue reading “Sacred economics”

“Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Fresh The Movie

“We pay three times for our food: at the register, with our health care, and via agricultural subsidies. ” FRESH tells the stories of ‘real people’ rediscovering ‘real food’. FRESH represents a powerful way for you to educate yourself and your community on living a healthy, local and sustainable life through food. Another example of the Transition Town movement as proposed by Em2Gem in Emerald.


“We pay three times for our food:
at the register, with our
health care, and
via agricultural subsidies”
– Michael Pollan, Fresh The Movie

In Fresh You’ll Discover

  • How to eat healthy on a budget
  • How to improve your purchase decisions
  • Strategies for growing your own food on less land and
  • The real cost of producing conventional foods

“This film is a must-watch! It will help you understand where your food comes from,
the dangers of conventional agriculture and shows you how to
choose local, healthy and sustainable options.”

– James Colquhoun – Producer, ‘Food Matters’

About The Film

FRESH is more than a film; it is a reflection of a rising movement of people and communities who are re-inventing our food system. FRESH celebrates the food architects who offer a practical vision of a new food paradigm and consumer access to it. Encouraging individuals to take matters into their own hands, FRESH is a guide that empowers people to take an array of actions as energetic as planting urban gardens and creating warm composts from food waste, and as simple as buying locally-grown products and preserving seasonal produce to eat later in the year.

Throughout the film, we encounter the most inspiring people, ideas, and initiatives happening around the country right now. At the Growing Power urban farm in Milwaukee, Will Allen is turning three acres of industrial wasteland into a mecca of nutrition for his neighborhood. In Kansas City, we witness David Ball revitalize his community, turning the modern concept of the Supermarket on its head by stocking his stores with produce from a cooperative of local farmers. And, we journey to Joel Salatin’s farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to witness his methods for closing the nutrient cycle, allowing cows, chickens, pigs and natural grasses to flourish and produce without ever an ounce of chemical fertilizer or industrial animal feed.

FRESH tells the stories of ‘real people’ rediscovering ‘real food’. FRESH
represents a powerful way for you to educate yourself and your community on living a healthy, local and sustainable life through food.

“While “Food, Inc.” raised awareness about the consequences of consolidation, “Fresh” advances the argument by talking about solutions.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

Another example of the Transition Town movement as proposed by Em2Gem in Emerald.

John and Linda Ballis

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Think Globally, Eat Locally – Have Fun and Save the Planet

We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally.

Now it is more important than ever to eat locally and shop your local farmer’s market and small grocery store.

I came across this article recently that is saying the same things that the Transition Town movement is saying worldwide. Interestingly our local Transition Town group, Em2Gem, covering the areas of Emerald through to Gembrook in Victoria is also running a campaign currently called Live Local – Eat Local following on from our previous campaign of Live Local, Shop Local.

We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally. Food that has been transported long distances doesn’t contain much life force by the time it gets to your kitchen. Making a commitment to shop, buy, and eat locally is not only a very important part of creating positive change, it can also be delicious fun. Continue reading “Think Globally, Eat Locally – Have Fun and Save the Planet”

Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission

Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010
Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010

BY ELISA MILLER

18 Jan, 2010 08:50 AM

PRESERVING the environment and improving sustainability

is not a job for one – but a responsibility for all.

It’s this notion that drove the creation two years ago of the Emerald for Sustainability Group, which aims to empower residents to improve how they live, and the environment in which they live. Continue reading “Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission”