Should you be a locavore? - Part II: economics, ecology and health


Last updated 7/3/2008 at Noon

Last week I discussed the history of the local-food movement and the fact that it is not a single movement but the outgrowth of several grassroots initiatives to address economic, cultural, ecological and political concerns.

Many of those concerns got a seminal voicing in the work of E.F. Schumacher, economist and author of “Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.”

Schumacher saw resource-intensive “big business” as dehumanizing and unsustainable. He proposed smaller, more human-scale solutions to economic and social concerns.

“Bigger is better” business practice...

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