A few years ago (2009?), Joan Gussow, professor of nutrition education, homesteader, and matriarch of the local, sustainable food movement, facilitated a monthly reading group at Stone Barns Center, in upstate New York. The group’s theme: “Food & Capitalism.”

The books:
Dirt – The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, by William Bryant Logan

Small is Beautiful – Economics as if People Mattered, by E.F.Schumacher

The Long Emergency – Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century, by James Howard Kunstler

The End of Nature, by Bill McKibben

Inquiries into The Nature of Slow Money – Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, by Woody Tasch  (Buy it at Bookman/Bookwoman in Nashville, TN.)

Incidentally, Joan had previously given a talk in September of 2001, called “The Incompatibility of Food and Capitalism” as a presentation to a gathering of Investors’ Circle members. At the time, Woody Tasch was Chairman of the organization.

HERE’s another great profile of Joan, written in early 2010, shortly before Joan’s most recent book, “Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables” was published.

And finally, one more tome to tie it all together:  Agenda for a New Economy – From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, by David C. Korten