In the darkest hour, that which is meant to be obsolete may yet make all the difference.
The root cause of our social and environmental challenges is neoliberalism and the fetish of the market, which values profit over people and sees nature simply as a commodity.
We can no longer let the distribution method – the market – dictate how we farm and how we eat. We need to develop new tools and institutions in order to cater for the many functions of food and farming. A process of decommodification should be at the core of the alternative food movement.
This article identifies some of the threats to the commons and highlights the resistance of local people.
Free Knowledge is a welcome survey of alarming impacts of IP law and also valuable introduction to some salutary alternatives.