A centralized economy doesn’t work for most rural Americans. Building the Agricultural City demonstrates the need for rural Americans to work cooperatively to create self-reliant, decentralized economies. Robert Wolf describes tools for self-reliance and sustainability that exist across the U.S. and can be assembled within any region. Building the Agricultural City will enable rural Americans to see that they can create productive economies that grow prosperity and democracy.
WHAT CAN BE DONE
To restore health to their regions, rural Americans must transform their service economies into productive economies. That is their only counter to the impoverishing thrust of globalism. Building the Agricultural City describes the tools that can create productive economies. These tools, which are scattered across the country, can be assembled within various regions to establish self-reliant, sustainable economies. These include:
1 .Community development banks.
2. Worker-owned cooperatives.
3. Closed-loop agricultural systems.
4. Municipal owned utilities powered by renewable energy .
Rural Americans now understand that they must be self-reliant, that regionalism is the only counter to globalism.
WHAT IS AN AGRICULTURAL CITY?
Imagine that towns in neighboring rural counties no longer see themselves as distinct entities, but as nodes of population within one city. It is a different kind of city. Call it an Agricultural City. Imagine that these clusters of towns no longer see themselves as rivals; they understand that only cooperation and coordinated effort will reverse decline and restore prosperity.
Building the Agricultural City describes a vision of a human-centered regional economy and how we might transform the vision into reality.