Regional economies produce and distribute the basic needs of their populations, building local self-reliance in food, fiber, energy and building materials. By reducing the need to import goods from multi-national corporations, we can stop moving capital from our region into corporate coffers and instead build community wealth and resilience.
In this time of climate crisis, self-reliant regional economies decrease dependency on global supply chains easily disrupted by weather and social upheaval and reduce the carbons of long distant shipping. Local production of basic needs prepares our communities and future generations to withstand climate change. The resilience of local economies may well determine the survival of tomorrow’s children.
Oil is the lifeblood of the global economy. With urgency we must reverse the economic development strategies and policies of the past, which have used corporate subsidies from our tax dollars to reduce the cost of oil and increase global trade. The time is now to begin relocalizing our economies.
The localism movement in Pennsylvania is well underway in the area of food. Local food entrepreneurs are increasingly buying from local supply chains – local ice cream makers and cheese makers from Pennsylvania dairy farmers, local bread bakers, craft breweries and distilleries from heritage grain farmers, and local butchers buying grass-fed and pasture-raised meat, poultry and eggs from local farms and ranches. Pennsylvania consumers are shifting purchasing habits to support locally owned farmers markets and the local sections of grocery stores.
All Together Now is helping to relocalize our economy in the following areas: Industrial Hemp, Local Food, Renewable Energy, Zero Waste, and Plant Medicine, and to promote Local Culture and Tourism.