Agrihoods: “Farm-to-Table” Living on Your Doorstep

Recently, I’ve been thinking a bit about “agrihoods.” As the portmanteau suggests, these “agricultural neighborhoods” fuse the concepts of community living with sustainable, locally grown produce. For some folk, the idea of “farm-to-table” living offers a chance to regain control of their own healthy living. If you “are what you eat,” they reason, best to know what you’re consuming. Aside from the fresh fruit ‘n’ veg angle, sustainable communities find appeal because they don’t rely (or rely far less) on fragile food supply chains…worn and overworked power grids…centralized bureaucracies controlled by municipal busybodies…

You Can’t Prop Up the Economy with a Selfie Stick

Apparently, we can’t seem to get enough of “stuff”. Each and every year, Americans empty their bank accounts in earnest pursuit of ever more doo-dads and knick-knacks. About $12.7 trillion worth per annum, to be exact. As far as we can tell, it doesn’t even have to be the “right stuff.” Goldfish walkers…pet rocks…selfie sticks… It seems any old stuff will do. As long as it’s on sale, available for purchase on credit and within an arm’s (or a click’s) reach.