Bringing the Food Economy Home : Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness

Bringing the Food Economy Home : Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 176 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781565491465
  • DDC分類 338.19

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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 stroage, packaging, refrigeration and artifical 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.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      vii
Acknowledgments viii
From Local to Global 1 (16)
The Global Food System 3 (1)
Locally Adapted Food Systems 4 (1)
Centuries of Agricultural ``Progress'' 4 (4)
Big Farms Get Bigger 8 (1)
Agribusiness Takes Over 8 (2)
Globalization 10 (4)
Speeding Up the Treadmill 14 (3)
The Ecology of Food Marketing 17 (18)
Reduced vs. Excessive Packaging 20 (1)
Small, Decentralized Shops vs. Huge 20 (5)
Megamarkets
Transport Infrastructures 25 (3)
Energy Infrastructures 28 (1)
Broadcasting Unsustainability 29 (6)
The Ecology of Food Production 35 (16)
Destroying Diversity 36 (1)
On-farm vs. Off-farm Inputs 37 (3)
Integrated Livestock vs. Factory Farms 40 (2)
Life in the Soil 42 (5)
Local Adaptation vs. Genetic Engineering 47 (4)
Food and Health 51 (14)
Fresh Is Best 51 (1)
Chemical Stews 52 (5)
Food Poisoning 57 (2)
Factory Farms and Human Health 59 (6)
Food and the Economy 65 (14)
Keeping Money in the Local Economy 65 (2)
Keeping Jobs in the Local Economy 67 (1)
Working More, Earning Less 68 (1)
Farming in the Third World 69 (1)
The Decline of Rural Economies 70 (1)
How Important Are Economies of Scale? 71 (3)
Are Large Industrial Farms More Productive? 74 (5)
Food and Community 79 (10)
Webs of Interdependence 80 (2)
The Death of Rural Communities 82 (2)
Misplaced Blame 84 (1)
Unmanageable Cities 85 (1)
Loss of Democracy 86 (3)
Food Security 89 (12)
Corporate Control 89 (5)
Feeding Corporations, Not the Hungry 94 (2)
The Dangers of a Homogenized Food Supply 96 (3)
Local Foods Add to Food Security 99 (2)
Shifting Direction 101 (12)
International Level 102 (1)
National Level 103 (2)
Local Level 105 (5)
People Power 110 (3)
From Global to Local 113 (4)
Resource Guide 117 (9)
Note on Measurements 126 (1)
Endnotes 127 (16)
Index 143