Vol 1, No 1 (2013)

Beyond Rio+20

Green Economy in agriculture and food systems

The problem of scale of production in general but especially in the food system is a key issue already since World War II and was addressed clearly in the book written by E.F. Schumacher “Small is Beautiful” in 1973, ranked among the 100 most influential books by the “Times”, thus enhancing concerns of environmental movements in Europe trigger by the 1972 Club of Rome report “Limits to Growth”. He argued that the modern economy is unsustainable and he was worried about pollution caused by the unsustainable use of non-renewable resources. He was already not convinced that efficiency is the solution, but sufficiency (“enoughness”) that means a balance between the human needs, limitations of non-renewable resources and an appropriate use of technology. He was one of the first economists questioning that gross national product (GNP) is the right parameter to measure human well-being. His idea was “…to obtain the maximum amount of well-being with the minimum amount of consumption” and he already included the Developing Countries in his economic model (“smallness within bigness”) because he favored a specific form of decentralization.

 

Table of Contents

Editorial

Prof. Dr. Angelika Ploeger
PDF
3-4

Research Articles

Anika Reinbott
PDF
5-12
Nobuhiko Sawai, Kaoru Takara, Kenichiro Kobayashi
PDF
13-22
Richard Beccles
PDF
23-29
Ana Florencia Stoddart
PDF
30-36
Maria da Graça Canto Moniz
PDF
37-48
Nayomi Field
PDF
49-54

News

Will change in government lead to improvement of Mongolia’s environmental sector?
Sisira Saddhamangala Withanachchi
PDF
55-57
Agrarian Transformation in Lower Saxony?
Sören Köpke
PDF
58-59
Bitter Bananas - The Story of Nemagon
Florian Doerr
PDF
60-64

Reports and Analyses

Hardy Vogtmann, Jürgen Maier
PDF
65-68
Sisira Saddhamangala Withanachchi
PDF
69-80
Looking back dOCUMENTA 13 - a new experience for urban gardening and an organic agriculture life style
Sisira Saddhamangala Withanachchi, Damien Frettsome
PDF
81-84

Reviews

Cover Image
Eric Holt-Giménez: “Food Movements Unite!“
Nimisha Bastedo
PDF
85-87
Cover Image
The International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture: “Manifesto on the Future of Food“
Sisira Saddhamangala Withanachchi
PDF
88-90
Cover Image
Valentin Thurn: “Taste the Waste”
Eva Krapohl
PDF
91
Cover Image
Fred Pearce: “The Landgrabbers”
Sören Köpke
PDF
92-93
Cover Image
Michael Pollan “In Defence of Food: An Eater's Manifesto”
Sally Yip
PDF
94