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http://www.sustainweb.org/news.php?id=214

'This June as part of London Festival of Architecture 2008, City Hall will host a conference to tackle one of the biggest issues we will face in the coming years: Where will London get its food from? ...

'Ben Reynolds, from organisers London Food Link,[2] believes the timing is crucial: "Set against rising food prices and increasing pressures to tackle climate change, London seriously needs to consider putting aside more space for growing food. Not only will this help future-proof against food shortages and preserve the capital’s open space, but it will also educate and improve the health of Londoners and reduce the distance that London’s food has travelled*." ...'

I think that a fundamental motiviation for projects like this is the 'future-proofing' aspect. In uncertain times, you need Plans B, C and D to ensure the population aren't going to go short of food.

* Recent research (Weber and Matthews) in the USA suggests that the final journey to our plates accounts for about 10% of the climate impact of food (although more for air-freight). The climate change impacts of animal farming account for over 50% of the carbon footprint of the typical British diet.
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http://www.planb.org/ are looking for UK support for the following:

Early Day Motion 407: DEVELOPMENT AID FOR OIL

Meacher, Michael

EDM text )

I read that as calling for the Department for International Development to stop funding oil projects, and spend the money on renewable energy projects instead. Seems sensible. UK residents can use the EDMI site to find out whether their MP has signed.

(PlanB.org are a collaborative campaign of http://risingtide.org.uk/, http://www.foe.co.uk/ and 'Platform Research Ltd'. They have the unrealistic core goal of "calling for an end to fossil fuel extraction.")
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http://politics.guardian.co.uk/economics/story/0,11268,1567515,00.html

"In a surprise intervention, [the RAC] said one in five car journeys were under 1.5 miles and therefore unnecessary. 'You could easily walk, cycle, take the bus without putting yourself at any great hardship,' said Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation.
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