Bringing the Food Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness / Edition 1 available in Paperback
If the many social, environmental, and economic crises facing the planet are to be reversed, a good place to start is to rebuild local food economies. Food is something everyone, everywhere, needs every day, so even small changes in the way it is produced and marketed can offer immense benefits.
Bringing the Food Economy Home shows how a shift towards the local would protect and rebuild agricultural diversity. It would give farmers a bigger share of the money spent on food, and provide consumers with healthier, fresher food at more affordable prices. It would reduce transport, greenhouse gas emissions, and the need for toxic agricultural chemicals. It would lessen the need for storage, packaging, refrigeration and artificial additives. And it would help revitalize rural economies and communities in both the industrialized and the developing world.
With benefits for farmer and consumer, for urban and rural dweller, and for the economy as well as the environment, local food is a powerful solution-multiplier, one that we cannot afford to ignore.
|Publisher:||Kumarian Press, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements 1. From Local to Global The Global Food System Locally Adapted Food Systems Centuries of Agricultural “Progress” Big Farms Get Bigger Agribusiness Takes Over Globalization Speeding Up the Treadmill 2. The Ecology of Food Marketing Reduced vs. Excessive Packaging Small, Decentralized Shops vs. Huge Megamarkets Transport Infrastructures Energy Infrastructures Broadcasting Unsustainability 3. The Ecology of Food Production Destroying Diversity On-farm vs. Off-farm Inputs Integrated Livestock vs. Factory Farms Life in the Soil Local Adaptation vs. Genetic Engineering 4. Food and Health Fresh is Best Chemical Stews Food Poisoning Factory Farms and Human Health 5. Food and the Economy Keeping Money in the Local Economy Keeping Jobs in the Local Economy Working More, Earning Less Farming in the Third World The Decline of Rural Economies How Important Are Economies of Scale? Are Large Industrial Farms More Productive? 6. Food and Community Webs of Interdependence The Death of Rural Communities Misplaced Blame Unmanageable Cities Loss of Democracy 7. Food Security Corporate Control Feeding Corporations, Not the Hungry The Dangers of a Homogenized Food Supply Local Foods Add to Food Security 8. Shifting Direction International Level National Level Local Level People Power From Global to LocalResource GuideNote on MeasurementsEndnotesIndex