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The rise and fall of globalized industrial agriculture by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
May 5, 2008, 7:55 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, Environment, If you have 30 mins

The International Forum on Globalization went to press with their report The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture last year, but the analysis they present is particularly pertinent as we try to understand the current global food crisis.

The surprisingly readable report first unpacks the massive shift in ownership of agricultural processes (from seeds and agricultural imports
to control of markets and food transport systems), and the role of global organizations and structures.

More importantly, it proposes a raft of alternative agricultural approaches that emphasize local production and food sovereignty, biodiversity and sustainable farming practices. It’s both an insightful read on the current issues, and a guide to potential paths out of the situation we’re in.

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