This is a great youtube clip with Helena Norberg Hodge talking about the need to localise food production and other economic activity. She talks of rebuilding community and the local environment.:
- There is a split between governments and their people
- Governments are pursuing an outdated economic model
- This economic formula says 'more trade' 'more foreign investment' 'more production for export'
- Governments implement local cuts while investing in the global economy
- There are local movements (permaculture, urban farms, farmers' markets) that shorten the distances, increase diversity of production
- The global food industry asks farmers to grow in larger and larger scale monocultures which leads to a loss of biodiversity and food waste (crops not of standard size are thrown away)
- More food per unit of land can be produced with small scale diversified local farming as well as more jobs.
- Locally grown food means cutting out waste (irradiation, preservatives, refrigeration, packaging ....)
- It's a case of reducing the ecological footprint while increasing productivity and increasing diversity and getting rid of toxic chemicals
- This appies to fisheries and forestry as well as agriculture
- The global economy with its long distances is responsible for the widening gap between rich and poor
- The issue is global versus local
- Small, slow and local is the way to go
- The globalisation of the food industry has led to the breakdown of communities and an escalation of energy consumption