Cool food-storage rooms. North-facing in the Northern Hemisphere. Thick stone shelf to keep some of the night coolness circulating during the day. Window with fine wire mesh to keep out the flies. Uses no energy (except, perhaps, a light bulb). Large enough to allow entry, followed by extended reflection on food, and some petty theft of a bit of moist, aromatic chicken if such is in residence.

Sadly displaced by the fridge, which uses a lot of energy. And hums. And uses noxious gases. And costs. And needs to be made, transported and then unmade.

The larder is temporarily obsolete. It will be back.


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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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