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Relocalization

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BUYING your food directly from local farmers, farmers markets, farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture or other subscription systems, etc., can lead to new relationships and healthier, better-tasting food. As important is protecting farm land and supporting local farmers in their conservation efforts.

From The Transition Companion, by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement:

“For Peter Norton, one of the few academics to explore the idea of localization,  this is not a discussion about what we collectively choose; rather, the volatility of oil prices and the urgent need to cut emission mean we are rapidly entering a world where

‘transport again becomes significant in terms of cost, resource use, and emissions.  Currently very cheap goods produced through globalized production networks will become, and remain, more expensive. The currently near will become further away, again, in the process of reverse globalization.’

“This sense that the price volatility of oil will inevitably will begin to reverse the assumptions that underpin the economics of globalization is also picked up by Jeff Rubin:

‘…while there certainly are going to be losers, as the eighteen-wheeler of globalization is thrown into reverse, there are going to be winners, too. In a world of triple-digit oil prices, distance suddenly costs money, and lots of it. Many of those once high-paying manufacturing jobs that we thought we had lost forever to cheap labor markets overseas may soon be coming back home. For every dollar increase in the price of the bunker fuel that powers the container ships that ply the Pa icic, China’s wage advantage becomes less and less important, and Western workers once again become competitive.’

“…Localization… is an inevitable change in direction as we pass the oil peak, as we decide to treat the climate issue with the urgency and practical response it requires. …”