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Local Foods in a Sustainable Economy
By: Dr. John Ikerd
Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri
Dr. John Ikerd is a widely celebrated economist, teacher, author and public advocate for a sustainable economy. John urges a shift away from our current economic system of “more cheap stuff” towards one which recognizes and protects the unique human and natural characteristics of our communities.
John Ikerd’s Background:
John grew up as part of a large family on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD all in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri. He worked three years with Wilson Foods in Kansas City, MO, Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI between BS and MS degree work. He worked in Extension Agricultural Economics positions at North Carolina State University, 1970-76 and Oklahoma State University, 1976-84 and was Head of Extension Agricultural Economics, University of Georgia, 1984-89. He returned to the University of Missouri 1989, under a cooperative agreement with U.S.D.A, to provide state and national leadership for research and education programs related to sustainable agriculture.
Since retiring from the University in early 2000, Ikerd spends most of his time writing and speaking out on issues related to sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on the economics of sustainability.
He has written several books including:
The Essentials of Economic Sustainability (newest)
Revolution of the Middle
A Return to Common Sense
Small Farms are Real Farms
Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture
For more information about John Ikerd, visit: http://web.missouri.edu/ikerdj/