Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & Henry Coleman: Supply Chain Failures Prove Growing Need for Localized Economies

Organizations fighting for local food sovereignty are among the largest social movements in the world, representing more than 200 million small farmers. TOM WERNER / GETTY IMAGES

Truthout | May 22, 2022

The mainstream media — television, print and digital — routinely cycle through the litany of crises gripping the world. One week they’ll tell us about the latest climate disaster. The next, the focus may shift to the war in Ukraine. A few days later, COVID-19’s latest variant might be trending. The hot topic of the day is picked up, described in isolation and then discarded.

What we never hear is the fact that these crises are, in fact, connected. They are symptoms of a global economic system that is not only driving up resource use and pollution; it is squeezing people financially, undermining democracy, concentrating wealth and power in the hands of unaccountable global corporations, and exacerbating conflict and violence.

In addition, recent events have highlighted how vulnerable we are because of our dependence on the global economy. Long-distance supply chains are failing around the world, and the cost of living is skyrocketing as a result.

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