Friday, 25 September 2009

Abundance Manchester

"Abundance Manchester is a project which picks surplus or unwanted fruit from gardens and public trees around South Manchester and distributes it to local groups and communities. We also collect and distribute surplus vegetables from allotments and we have started our own Abundance allotment to grow our own food to donate to groups who can make good use of it."

I saw this group featured on the local news last night. This is the sort of local, voluntary initiative that libertarians tend to be quite keen on promoting. It seems that the generally good weather this year has led to a bumper crop of fruit and veg, so it seems a good idea to help to distribute some of the surplus to those who can make use of it. And it's the kind of thing that has to be done by private citizens independently of the state - if someone had gone to Manchester City Council with a proposal for scheme like this, I'm pretty sure they would have spent weeks - or even months - debating what to do, while the fruit and veg rotted. Instead, these guys have used their initiative to set up a potentially useful service. Their politics seem to be coming from a "green" angle, but they are giving food to outfits like the Salvation Army, so who cares? Good luck to them. If you want to know more about them, click on this link to visit their blog. There also seem to be "Abundance" groups set up in a few other cities round the country, maybe it's an idea that will catch on.


sound money man said...
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sound money man said...

Hmmm. I don't know. It sounds like terrorism to me. It doesn't make government any bigger. It must be evil. LOL.

Roger Thornhill said...

Wait. Even now i suspect the bhurgers of Manchester are conspriring to shut this down because the veg cannot be proven to be free from pesticides, graded, properly labelled, grown without slave labouR and most importantly that the distribution was not proven to be given out to the "correct" ratio of diversity and effniq groups. They might also be against it if one of their mates has a business that might be affected but they would not admit that one.