Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sharon Astyk, Is Relocalization Doomed?: A Response to Staniford’s "Fallacy of Reversibility"

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Is Relocalization Doomed?: A Response to Staniford’s "Fallacy of Reversibility"

Sharon Astyk, The Oil Drum
Stuart Staniford's latest opus has taken a shot across the bow at those who advocate Relocalization and the de-industrialization. Embedded in his argument is a compelling critique of the prospects of certain parts of the Relocalization analysis. Staniford shows his customary brilliance in analyzing the ways that the biofuels movement is likely to overcome impetus towards Relocalization.

But that profound analysis is embedded in a paper that contains me serious errors of reasoning and misrepresentations of the Relocalization movement that I think deserve critique. And his final conclusion, that this should put an end to all hopes of Relocalization deserves some further consideration.

Is it true that peak oil as Staniford put in another post “puts paid” to the notion of Relocalization and local agriculture? Regardless of the answer, I think most of us should be grateful to Staniford for raising an important central issue - the way the biofuels response to peak oil raises agricultural prices and its effect on land prices. But let’s ask some questions about some of the other content Staniford ties his argument to.

Guest post by Sharon Astyk, a very small farmer whom the biofuels companies have yet to offer to buy out, and a writer with two forthcoming books about peak oil and climate change, one (Depletion and Abundance, Fall '08, New Society Publishers) about appropriate responses for families, and the other (A Nation of Farmers, Spring '09, same publisher) about food and agriculture. Her writings can be found at casaubonsbook.blogspot.com .

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