Small Scale Economies Project
diversity, local autonomy, long-term sustainability, networks, North Pacific Rim, Small-scale economy, Western United States
University of California
Report can be found at: http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/fooddiversity/index.html This research project tackles a complicated question (the sustainability of monoculture food systems) through a novel framework: historical ecology. Research conducted through the historical ecology framework examines short and long term cultural change and the impacts human activities have on the enviornments. Thus far, the researchers have identified diversity, network, and scale as three important concepts to understanding sustainable socioeconomic systems. The research project is still in progress, so study conclusions are forthcoming.