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Food: Trading Away our Future - Part III

Because of productivity gains in developed countries, agriculture prices dropped by some 60% in the period 1960-2000. As the productivity of the poorest farmers remained much the same, it is obvious that they have lost out. Their value of production, regardless if they eat it themselves or sell it, has gone down considerably, making them poorer both in relative and absolute terms.

Food: Trading away our future - part II

Trade is not only a response to market demand, it creates demand and therefore recreates the need for it; trade becomes its own justification.

Food: Trading away our future? - Part I

We may not always think about it, but the origin of trade is found in ecology and not in economy.

Conflicts in the food, energy, land and water nexus

Shortage of one resource (land) can partly be compen­sated with another (water), but what happens if all of them are scarce? We see today that the market does not distribute scarce re­sources to those who are poor: if resources become scarcer the poor will be further disenfran­chised. In more extreme cases the rich will drive their cars with fuels made from food crops that the poor …

How Increased Labour Efficiency Drives Resource Consumption

“It is a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to diminished consumption. The very contrary is the truth….no one must suppose that coal thus saved is spared-it is only saved from one use to be employed in others”.

Searching for alternatives 4: Transition

"...the moment of social transformation is when people look each other in the eyes."

Searching for alternatives part 3 - Regional Values in Freiburg

Farmers should not see society as consumers and society should not see farmers only as producers.

Searching for alternatives 2: Grasslands

Grasslands cover almost one fourth of the terrestrial area, but most of it produces rather little food.

Searching for alternatives: Community-Supported Agriculture

A Community Supported Agriculture project is based on direct person-to-person contact and trust, with no intermediaries or hierarchy.

Unlimited competition is not sustainable

Large farms are increasingly dominating crop production in the United States. In the early 1980s, most farms produced crops on less than 600 acres, but the majority of today’s farms grow crops on at least 1,100 acres. And many farms are ten times that size.
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