One way of addressing the industrial externalities discussed in this book is to stop or considerably slow growth by returning to an ancient model of localization and self-sufficiency through local organic and community farming. Numerous ecologists and some progressive economists (e.g., Daly) have recommended this. Ghemawat calls this group the “dark green fringe” [1]. Authoritarian, totalitarian, or communist countries can most easily implement this approach, but democratic governments are limited by the public’s preference for comfort, convenience, and affordability.

Although some individuals and communities would opt for a zero-growth world, successful broad-scale global change needs to be built on a balanced system of ...

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