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I enjoyed this brief book. Its basic argument is that industrial commodity agriculture erodes community, local and regional economies of scale, and our shared natural environment. That agriculture is also propped up by massive subsidization and artificial inputs. Civic agriculture is a preferable model that is sensitive to and responsive to local and regional communities, economies, and their environments. It is "civic" because of the level of community involvement and their investments in their place and their bonds versus a modern neo-classical or neoliberal market profit orientation.
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I wish that I had read this book before I read a few hundred texts on community food access and local food economies. Since I read it later, after seeing it cited in numerous articles, I was already ... Read full review
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