Slow Money Letter: November 2012

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The Slow Money LetterNovember 2012
Woody TaschWoody TaschDear Friends, As a Slow Money antidote to $1 billion in presidential campaign sound bytes, talking points, and spin-doctors, I hereby offer RFK and a leaping earthworm. A few years ago, in Mark Anielski’s book The Economics of Happiness, I came across the words of Robert F. Kennedy, from the 1968 Presidential campaign. Read letter.

Localist: Pecans! is a small business using locally sourced ingredients run by students from a program called YouthBuild. All profits go to a YouthBuild scholarship fund that helps students pay for post-secondary education. Photograph shot in Greensboro, Alabama by Douglas Gayeton.

A Soil Trust Update From Marco Vangelisti

We did it! After gestating the idea for quite a while, we have planted the seeds of the Soil Trust firmly in the field of action. A couple of weeks ago we announced the Soil Trust to all of you and we are pleased by the strong interest it generated. A special thank you to the working group and advisers who made this possible and to those pioneers among you who responded positively in the last couple of weeks with your donations. Read story.

Helping a Restaurant Expand Into a Grocery

Click to learn more about the compost royalty dealThere’s no grocery store within a two-mile radius of Chad McIntyre’s popular Market restaurant and that, he says, is an opportunity. McIntyre’s business is part of the growing local food movement in North Carolina. The Market serves whole, all-natural, unprocessed foods from local sources and supports organic and sustainable farming practices. But McIntyre’s restaurant is a stand-alone in Raleigh, a community about two years behind neighboring Chapel Hill and Durham in its development of businesses that focus on local food. Read story.

Save the date Chapters

Austin, Texas
As reported by Jarred Maxwell.
Over $1.2 million invested; Sustainable Investment Showcase and Fall Pitchfest November 30th. See more.
North Carolina
As reported by Carol Peppe Hewitt.
Fifty-three loans totaling over $580,000 to 26 local food businesses; growing community awareness generates steady loan opportunities. See more.
Northern California
As reported by Arno Hesse.
SOIL Network; three entrepreneur showcases; two chapter offshoots; Crowdfunding pilot with Credibles. See more.
November 8-9
Cavallo Point, Sausalito Calif.
April 29-30, 2013
Boulder, Colo.
Slow Money Online Webinar - November 27

See more events.

From the Library

“The economics of small scale farming is not a drive for economic growth at all costs, concentrating wealth and high investment, increasing the gap between rich and poor. It is on the contrary, the economics of cooperation, of participation, of greater equality and the building up of a million small achievements.” Barbara Ward (Lady Jackson), acceptance speech as the National Audubon Medalist, 1973 National Audubon Society’s Annual Dinner. See more.

Excerpted from the library of Joan Gussow, Educator, Grower,
Author This Organic Life and Growing Older.

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Localist photography by Douglas Gayeton

Illustrations by Jere Dean / Urban Octopus

Slow Money Index

Donations by agribusiness to defeat California “Right To Know” Proposition 37 mandating the labeling of GMO foods:
$44.4 million

Donations in support of California Proposition 37:
$7.3 million

Percentage of pesticide use on land planted with GMO crops vs. on land planted with non-GMO crops:

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