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Bringing the Food Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness

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Overview

* Reveals how bringing food production to a local level revitalizes rural economies in both the industrialized and developing world
* Published in association with the International Society for Ecology and Culture
* For readers concerned with agriculture, community development, environmental sustainability, and ecological economics

If the many social, environmental, and economic crises facing the planet are to be reversed, local food economies must be rebuilt. Given the constant demand for food, even miniscule changes in its production and marketing can offer immense benefits for farmers, consumers, the economy and the environment.

Bringing the Food Economy Home reveals how a shift towards the local would protect and rebuild agricultural diversity by giving farmers a larger share of the money spent on food, and providing consumers with healthier, fresher food at more affordable prices.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Norberg-Hodge, Todd Merrifield, and Steven Gorelick of the International Society for Ecology and Culture discuss how a shift towards local food economies would protect and rebuild the agricultural diversity that has been lost in the current specialized, capital intensive, technology-based global environment. Coverage includes the history of this change in emphasis from local to global; the ecology of food marketing and production; food and health, the economy, and the community; food security; and changing direction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"Want to know what's wrong with globalization? Read this book. Want to know what you can do? Read this book."

"Ideal for filling in gaps in your education, bolstering arguments, and persuading the unconvinced."

"This is a well written, timely book which will help food producers, marketers and consumers, as well as food economists."

"An accessible and comprehensive introduction to the thinking behind the burgeoning 'local food' movement."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565491472
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Helena Norberg-Hodge is founder of ISEC (International Society for Ecology & Culture).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1 From Local to Global 1
2 The Ecology of Food Marketing 17
3 The Ecology of Food Production 35
4 Food and Health 51
5 Food and the Economy 65
6 Food and Community 79
7 Food Security 89
8 Shifting Direction 101
From Globe to Local 113
Resource Guide 117
Note on Measurements 126
Endnotes 127
Index 143
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