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By Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, Todd Merrifield

Norberg-Hodge, Todd Merrifield, and Steven Gorelick of the overseas Society for Ecology and tradition speak about how a shift in the direction of neighborhood nutrition economies may defend and rebuild the rural variety that has been misplaced within the present really good, capital extensive, technology-based worldwide atmosphere.

If the numerous social, environmental and financial crises dealing with the planet are to be resolved, an excellent position to begin is to rebuild neighborhood nutrition economies. nutrition is anything everybody, all over, wishes each day, so even small adjustments within the means it really is produced and advertised can provide big advantages.

This identify indicates how a shift in the direction of the neighborhood might guard and rebuild agricultural range. it'll provide farmers a much bigger proportion of the cash spent on nutrition, and supply shoppers with more fit, more energizing foodstuff at cheaper costs. it can decrease delivery, greenhouse fuel emissions and the necessity for poisonous agricultural chemical substances. it will decrease the necessity for garage, packaging, refrigeration and synthetic ingredients, and it'll support revitalize rural economies and groups in either the industrialized and the constructing world.

Coverage contains the heritage of this variation in emphasis from neighborhood to international; the ecology of nutrition advertising and marketing and creation; foodstuff and overall healthiness, the economic climate, and the group; nutrients safeguard; and altering path.

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Thus, the elegant simplicity of the small farm, which can produce much of the feed its animals need on fields fertilized by the animals’ own manure, is replaced by a globalized system in which manure is a liability in one place and soil fertility is in short supply elsewhere. As Wendell Berry has succinctly put it, “The genius of . . ”19 42 Bringing the Food Economy Home Life in the Soil On more diversified farms, it is possible to use a wide range of strategies to maintain soil fertility. In some cases, as with traditional shifting agriculture, land is allowed to return to the wild for long periods after a few years of cultivation; in other cases, farmers replenish soil nutrients by incorporating food waste, crop residues, animal manure, and even human night soil.

1). 2). d Although the growing popularity of organic foods is a positive development, it is vitally important that organic does not become just another brand name or the intellectual property of the global food industry. 1: Rise of Organic Food Industry in US 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 2000 (projected) 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 0 1991 1,000 1990 46 Source: Healthwell Exchange. uk/research) should seek out locally grown organic foods whenever possible. At the same time, communities and activist groups need to pressure their governments to adopt guidelines that protect “organic” against co-optation by large agribusinesses and food corporations, while supporting appropriate subsidies and regulatory structures that make small-scale, locally oriented organic agriculture more possible.

A region with nothing but monocultures—like the several-thousand acre wheat fields of Kansas—can produce huge amounts of a single crop for global markets, but people need more than just one or two foods. Farmers who supply local markets therefore have strong incentives to diversify their production. Local food systems also support more diversity within individual crop species. For millennia, seed-saving farmers have selected plants for certain traits, including their success in local microclimates and soil types.

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