What the finance meltdown has in common with the industrial food system

Toxic assets: Tom Philpott uses the New Yorker's recent chronicle of the world financial collapse as a mirror for the global food system. But "whereas Wall Street’s leverage was financial, the food industry’s is mostly ecological and social," writes Philpott, before going on to detail all the dire warning signs society is currently ignoring. It's not all doom and gloom, however: unlike the financial industry, agriculture abounds with robust alternatives that just need to be given more room and nutirents to grow. (Grist)

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