In asking ourselves what is important, what do we value and how is what we are doing affecting our well-being, sometimes pictures and music are worth a thousand words. Why do human systems always seem to trend to maximal scale? Sustainable systems should self-organize to a scale that optimizes economic prosperity while respecting ecological limits. We have an article on this topic published in Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, Spring/Summer 2009, Volume 5, Issue 1.
The reconciliation between the global and the local demands some rethinking, for example, food. Is it better to buy organic no matter where it comes from, we need to begin asking these questions? Is it better to buy organic versus local, versus local and organic, and what about seasonal?