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"Business as usual," vs "a real, green life"

This table is an effort on my part to illustrate what I mean by a "a real green life," by comparing it with what I don't mean...

Business as usual

Real and green

Industrial farming and food manufacturing, supermarket food, fast food

Real food, grown in healthy ecosystems, local, slow, homemade

Giant mono-culture farms, depleted ecosystems, shrinking biodiversity, dwindling top soil and disappearing indigenous knowledge

Small diverse farms, cottage industry, stable farming communities and ecosystems, room for indigenous people to continue their traditional lifestyles

A growth-at-all-costs global economy dominated by a few giant corporations who sell to the entire world

A steady state economy dominated by millions of small businesses who serve local communities

Low-quality mass produced products, poorly paid workers,  world-wide distribution

Locally made, fair trade goods, designed to last

Dependence on supermarkets, superstores, government institutions, and experts; loss of personal autonomy

Increasing self-reliance, learning to think for ourselves, re-building the skills of self-sufficiency and interdependence

People living lives of quite desperation on the up-sizing treadmill

A meaningful life, with fewer possessions and richer connections to family, community, and nature

Next up

This was part of a series of pages about ARealGreenLife. The next page in the series is "3 Keys to A Real Green Life."

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