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By Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, Todd Merrifield

ISBN-10: 1552660826

ISBN-13: 9781552660829

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

If the numerous social, environmental and fiscal crises dealing with the planet are to be resolved, an excellent position to begin is to rebuild neighborhood foodstuff economies. meals is whatever everybody, in every single place, wishes each day, so even small alterations within the approach it's produced and advertised can provide monstrous advantages.

This identify indicates how a shift in the direction of the neighborhood could safeguard and rebuild agricultural range. it can supply farmers a much bigger proportion of the money spent on meals, and supply shoppers with more healthy, brisker meals at more cost-effective costs. it's going to decrease delivery, greenhouse gasoline emissions and the necessity for poisonous agricultural chemical compounds. it'll reduce the necessity for garage, packaging, refrigeration and synthetic ingredients, and it'll aid revitalize rural economies and groups in either the industrialized and the constructing world.

Coverage comprises the historical past of this transformation in emphasis from neighborhood to worldwide; the ecology of foodstuff advertising and construction; meals and health and wellbeing, the economic climate, and the neighborhood; meals safety; and altering path.

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41 The Humane Socie ty of hetU nit ed tSates The Ecology of Food Production Monocultural production for distant markets, on the other hand, separates animal husbandry into a large-scale, intensive activity completely delinked from other farm processes. Thousands or even millions of animals are caged or penned within these factory farms, and tons upon tons of manure pile up and must be disposed of. 17 While small farms find an immediate use for their manure, the massive amounts of manure produced on factory farms become a serious source of pollution, even affecting regions far beyond the immediate farm vicinity.

Local food systems, on the other hand, are not only healthier for the environment, they provide people with healthier food as well. Fresh Is Best Local systems excel at providing fresh food, and health practitioners of every stripe agree that fresh food is the most nutritious. Some nutritionists have even determined that the best nutrition of all comes from foods that are in season in one’s locale. Since the vitamins in almost any food are gradually lost from the time of harvest, even fresh foods from the global system are usually less nutritious than local foods, because they may have been harvested days or even weeks before reaching the kitchen table.

24 Bringing the Food Economy Home ISEC/John ageP 30 How can people be induced to give up their diverse local foods for the uniform processed foods that TNCs produce and market? 26 Creating consumer uniformity would be almost impossible without global media, which enable corporations to transmit direct advertising messages as well as glossy, unrealistic images of a Western, urban lifestyle. In the absence of direct experience, these glamorous images can be highly compelling to populations throughout the South, making the young in particular eager for the West’s material trappings: not just bluejeans, sunglasses, and sports cars—but white bread, hamburgers, and bottled soft drinks as well.

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