Definition of Economies of Community (E.O.C.)
If industrial agriculture uses economies of scale to maximize efficiency—focusing on single crops and reducing input costs to a minimum—then communities can leverage their greatest assets—proximity, familiarity, and private ownership—to compete with the global food system. They can create economies of community. The more you decentralize and empower individuals, the better off everyone is. You cut warehousing and retail distribution costs by creating a direct relationship between farmer and consumer. Then you embolden these farmers to become entrepreneurs and self-sufficient companies that know it is good business to develop sustainable growing methods.