March 21, 2011
Relocalization also brings ecological advantages. Local production for local consumption often has the potential to restore, at least partially, the integrity of local human-dominated ecosystems. For example, depositing urban organic compost on nearby farm- and forestland would close the nutrient cycles broken by the current spatial separation of rural ecosystems and urban populations. It also doesn’t hurt that people might once again begin to identify with nearby ecosystems for which they acquire much of their food and fiber. There can be no greater incentive for conservation than knowing one’s life depends upon it.
From The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises