July 29, 2008

Nourishing Traditions

This video of Sally Fallon Morell comes from the Weston A. Price Foundation Annual Conference.

Sally Fallon Morell will speak at the 28th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on October 25th with Anna Lappé and Dan Barber

Visit www.smallisbeautiful.org for more information and to register for the event.

July 16, 2008

Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen

E. F. Schumacher Lecturer, Anna Lappé's new book is one part investigative journalism and one part celebration of delicious meals.

Check out a review of Grub by Sustainable Table

Anna Lappé will be joined by Dan Barber and Sally Fallon Morell at the 28th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on October 25, 2008

July 14, 2008

E. F. Schumacher Lecturer Dan Barber

This New York Times op-ed piece by Blue Hill Restaurant co-owner/chef Dan Barber brings rising food prices into a positive light. Small-scale local farmers are starting to feel a competitive advantage over oil intensive industrial agriculture.

Check out his article Change We Can Stomach

Dan Barber will speak at the 28th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on October 25, 2008, along with Sally Fallon and Anna Lappé.

The event is sponsored by Gardener's Supply Company

July 11, 2008

Local Currency Mini-Conference

As BerkShares Board of Directors considers the future evolution of the program, the American Institute for Economic Research, a Great Barrington economic research organization founded in 1933, has called a mini-conference entitled "Prospects for the Acceptance of Competitive Local Currencies: The Future of BerkShares." Several eminent monetary scholars will join BerkShares board and staff on Friday July 18th from 3 to 5 pm on the AIER campus to imagine growth to a more independent currency.

BerkShares will be discussed in the context of the history of independent currencies. Speakers will then address how BerkShares could move from federal dollar backing to an index of locally produced commodities such as maple syrup, wool, wood products, local beer, field greens, and local cheese. The conference will also consider the responsibilities of a local reserve board for BerkShares, including regulatory authority, oversight capacity, and other policy-making tools. This discussion will suggest a framework for how and on what basis to issue additional currency. Finally, panelists will suggest strategies for making loans denominated in BerkShares.

Seating is limited to 75 people for this event. Please RSVP with AIER.