A Small Farm Future
Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth
by Chris Smaje
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Pub Date 21 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 09 Oct 2020
A Small Farm Future is a groundbreaking debut, destined to become a modern classic—planting a flag at the intersection between economics, agriculture and the future of society during a time of immense crisis. Farmer and social scientist Chris Smaje makes the case for organizing human societies around small-scale, local, agro-ecological farming in order to meet the environmental and political challenges of our times.
Drawing on a vast range of sources from across a multitude of disciplines, A Small Farm Future analyses the complex forces that make societal change inevitable; explains how low-carbon, locally self-reliant, agrarian communities can empower us to successfully confront these changes head on; and explores the pathways for delivering this vision politically. Smaje describes the ecological, political, economic and cultural structures we need to address if we’re to be successful—and how such a future might be created out of the current troubled moment in global politics.
Challenging both conventional wisdom and flawed Utopian blueprints, A Small Farm Future offers rigorous original analysis of ‘wicked problems’ and hidden opportunities in a way that illuminates the path toward functional local economies, effective self-provisioning, agricultural diversity and a shared Earth.
A Note From the Publisher
In a time of UNCERTAINTY, what would a truly RESILIENT SOCIETY look like?
“We are facing an existential crises—with species extinction, climate catastrophes, desertification of soil, disappearance of water, pandemics of infectious and chronic diseases, hunger and malnutrition. Industrialized, globalized agriculture based on the myth that it feeds the world is driving the multiple, interconnected crisis. Eighty percent of the food we eat comes from small farms. Chris Smaje’s A Small Farm Future shows that the choice is clear. Either we will have a small farm future, or we face collapse and extinction.”—Vandana Shiva, author of Oneness vs 1%
“A Small Farm Future makes plain that the next thirty years will look very different to the last thirty. Yet Smaje’s unique integration of big-picture insight and hard-won experience clears the fog, brilliantly revealing reliable and meaningful paths forward, even as the ground shifts beneath our feet.”—Shaun Chamberlin, editor of Lean Logic and Surviving the Future
“This book is such a treat. In an era of generalized crisis, Chris Smaje articulates an appealing, beautiful vision of the future. Chris has walked the talk, which makes his plea all the more powerful and convincing.”—Dr. Giorgos Kallis, ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
“On one side we have science-based high-tech with neoliberal economics, driven by the perceived need to control nature and to maximize material wealth; and on the other are traditional human skills and values. Whether it’s dressed in the trappings of communism or capitalism or autocracy or democracy, the former is undoubtedly winning. Governments and their chosen advisers the world over equate high tech and measurable economic ‘growth’ with progress. But the dominance of what now passes as modernity is killing us all. The methods it gives rise to and the mindset behind it are at the root of all the world’s crises. What we need now above all else is food production based on small farming—albeit assisted by excellent science and sometimes by high tech; feeding into localized economies; and deployed with true concern for the welfare of humanity and our fellow creatures. Chris Smaje, a sociologist-cum-anthropologist turned smallholder, is showing us exactly what is needed and why. A timely and valuable book—and a very readable read.”—Colin Tudge, co-founder of the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the College for Real Farming and Food Culture; author, The Great Re-Think
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