Local Food for Global Future
Nowadays it is generally recognized that the post World War II industrial agriculture and food in Western countries was succesful with regard to profit, but unsuccesful with respect to people and planet. The underlying structure was a linear economy and a poor interpretation of the sustainability paradigm. All efforts aimed at increasing production volumes and profits. The circular economy tries to reach a more efficient use of natural resources and less waste. In itself this is good, it possibly will pay attention to the planet, but people remain suffering. It will never result in a full interpretation of the sustainability paradigm. Social aspects, including food sovereignty and food safety, will not come into their own. What we need is a new economy with explicit naming of the sustainability aspects relevant to food: the paradigm of ‘sustainable food security’. Such a tailored paradigm is close to people. The base for it is in the local and regional economy.
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