Developing A Mixed Organization Structure At The Local Level Essay

1943 Words Mar 15th, 2016 8 Pages
As spoken by a preeminent American food writer, M.F.K. Fisher, “first we eat, then we do everything else.” Food is a basic necessity, that is demanded constantly around the globe, however its problems are often overlooked and reside behind a veil of industry. Through an analysis, of both industrial and small-scale agriculture, these two strategies of organization can be further examined; to evaluate the potential benefits and possible market failures from each of these different market strategies. As market structure continues to shift, with changing consumer preferences, I believe small-scale agriculture can benefit from implementing a mixed organization structure at the local level. Small-scale operations are inherently better suited to adapt to local environmental problems, making this an essential transition for agriculture to move towards ideals of sustainability. Locally, much can be gained economically by moving certain crops and livestock into a small-scale ecological system of production that optimizes the advantages from geographic location, crop integration, cooperation, vertical integration and sustainable practices that internalize environmental and social costs. Beginning with the food we eat every day, we have created a world where people don’t know what to eat, people have forgotten what food essentially is. More importantly, kids don’t know what food looks like anymore and there is no food education in schools to give them access (Oliver). As these kids…

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