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Will Allen on The Colbert Report!

Food and farm nerds, rejoice! The legendary and inspiring Will Allen was on The Colbert Report. Take a look!

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Friends, family, farmers: Be a part of "The Lexicon of Sustainability"!

Introducing ... The Lexicon of Sustainability from the lexicon of sustainability on Vimeo.

So cool! The project covers important topics like food security, CSAs, farm-to-table initiatives, permaculture and veggie libel laws. Check out the official "The Lexicon of Sustainability" site and also look at Grist's coverage of the project.

Feel inspired? Add your thoughts to the Lexicon site and participate in this exciting movement.

Must see: "The Economics of Happiness"

Weight loss, diet and exercise regime, a higher paying job...but is happiness on your list of resolutions this year? Are you happy and what really makes you happy? As you try to pinpoint the things that make you feel content, check out this amazing trailer for the documentary "The Economics of Happiness," with a full screening (**Free**) next week - Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, 2012:

From the project's site: 
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. 
Both hard-hitting and inspiring, The Economics of Happiness demonstrates that millions of people across the world are engaged in building a better world – that small scale initiatives are happening on a large scale. The film shows that countless initiatives are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’.
The film features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change, including David Korten, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Rob Hopkins, Richard, Heinberg, Juliet Schor, Michael Shuman, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Samdhong Rinpoche - the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile.
A few years ago, I read the book, "The Real Wealth of Nations," by Riane Eisler and became so intrigued by her discussion on the happiness index and a caring economic system. This topic seems to be relevant in my own life, as I become engrained in local food initiatives and throw myself into the material for my master's degree in Sustainable Food Systems. A major point I've realized: localization, through the support of small business ventures (including small farms, eating locally, etc.) is a viable answer to many of our personal and economic woes. We need to feel empowered in the life we live and have more control over the inputs and outputs. (Another, somewhat related point: Cranky people don't eat enough vegetables, so that's why they're unhappy...)

Enough of my banter: Watch the trailer, spread the word and maybe view the documentary with friends next week!

E Magazine: "Handcrafted for the Holidays"

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Check out my latest article about three East Coast artisans and their handcrafted wares for the holidays. Even though it's getting down to the wire, you should keep these small businesses in mind for future gift-giving ideas.

Also, you know what makes a wonderful gift? E Magazine!