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Transition Black Isle is about helping Black Isle communities thrive in the face of Climate Change.  We run community markets, we support local food and drink producers, we help people grow more food, we encourage non-car travel, support energy saving and promote reduction of single use plastics  - and much more.  If we in the Black Isle work together to manage more of our own resources, we can thrive despite whatever climate change and the end of fossil fuels throws our way.

All of us will be affected, all of us can do something for our lives and our children's lives.  How can we help each other?

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George Monbiot on how to feed the world

Food and Growing

TBI has produced a comprehensive Growing Guide (still available) for the north of Scotland, run several series of 'Grow North' workshops on a range of growing topics, and a very popular seed potato sale in February.

Climate change

We provide  information about the serious threat posed by climate change and the need to drastically reduce carbon emissions caused by our burning of fossil fuels.  We report on governments' climate change plans, on activists' climate protests and on 'Green New Deal' proposals for a more sustainable world.

Black Isle Larder

The Black Isle Larder website replaces an earlier 'Your Local Larder' booklet which had become out of date.  It provides up to date information both to local people and visitors about Black Isle producers and suppliers offering food and drink largely sourced here.  

Travel and Tourism

TBI's Million Miles project reduced car use significantly, and we continue to encourage public transport and cycling, with an associated bike hire business and publication of an Active Travel map and guides to Black Isle cycle routes.

Plastics and waste

With pollution from single-use plastics a top cause of environmental concern, a group has been set up within TBI to exchange ideas and information on the issue and ultimately to change the attitudes and actions of people and businesses on the Black Isle.

George Monbiot on how to feed the world

The Guardian  7 May 2022

In a preview of the content of his new book  'Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet'  George Monbiot starts by looking at the amazing nature of the soil beneath our feet, on which we depend for the vast majority of the food we eat.  Exploring and explaining the complex relationship between plants and bacteria in the soil, he observes

Soil might not be as beautiful to the eye as a rainforest or a coral reef, but once you begin to understand it, it is as beautiful to the mind. Upon this understanding our survival might hang.'

He notes the disastrous effects of agriculture on the natural health and ecosystems of the planet, causing deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction.  The theoretical possibility of producing plenty of food to feed even a rising population is threatened by our demand for meat, and the need for vast areas of land either as pasture or to grow grain to feed livestock.  Even maintaining current levels of production is threatened by the effects of climate change, and attempts to increase yields in areas remaining productive will be thwarted by extreme water shortage.

What is required, Monbiot says, is a radical change in the way we eat, and he believes that a recently developed technology - a fermentation process that uses a mix of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide to produce bacteria as a food and feed ingredients in a highly sustainable fashion - may provide part of the answer.  But while this technology would enable us to take much of our food production out of farming, we would still need to produce cereals, roots, fruit and vegetables. So how do we do it safely and productively?  Monbiot is impressed by a system of 'stock free organic' vegetable production practised on relatively infertile land by a grower in Oxfordshire, which relies heavily on the use of plants as 'green manure', and is enthusiastic about the possibility of developing perennial grain crops to replace the annual plants from which we obtain the great majority of our food, being researched by a non-profit organisation in Kansas.

Returning to his starting point of the soil, he concludes

'While no solution is a panacea, I believe that some of the components of a new global food system – one that is more resilient, more distributed, more diverse and more sustainable – are falling into place. If it happens, it will be built on our new knowledge of the most neglected of major ecosystems: the soil. It could resolve the greatest of all dilemmas: how to feed ourselves without destroying the living systems on which we depend. The future is underground.'

The Guardian   7 May 2022

'Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet' by George Monbiot is published by Penguin Books at £20 on 26 May.

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