In This Issue: Adapting to Change: A Challenge for Producers and Consumers
Keywords:Food Systems, Community Development, Sustainable Agriculture
Change is always in the wind, but the pace at which change is taking place in many aspects of human endeavor is clearly hastening — and leading to a socioeconomic bifurcation that includes some good, and some not so good, trends. Evolving food systems are no exception: witness the growth of both big farms and small farms, obese citizens and hungry citizens, greenfields and brownfields, food oases and food desserts, industrial ag and artisanal production, and so on, while the middle scale of almost everything continues to decline rapidly. Progressive producers and consumers have to work against cultural and economic inertia, making it a bit more challenging to adapt to rapid changes for those building the bandwagon upon which others (e.g., greenwashers) simply jump....
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