Towards an energy-positive food system « Path 2 Resilience by Eric Garza

“Food activism of all sorts –centered on the availability of un-pasteurized dairy products, meat butchered on the farm where it was raised, and direct-to-consumer sales of products that currently require inspection or certification – is rising up throughout American society like a wellspring. This wellspring is creating an enormous opportunity, both to create new food products and markets, but also to ask deep, profound questions about our food system’s development and whether its path is a viable one over the long term. What good is a food system, after all, if its high energy intensity eventually sends the nation spiraling into both nutritional and energetic poverty?” Read Eric’s article

About the Author, Eric Garza
Eric Garza received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 2011. He consults in the energy, agriculture and food sectors and teaches courses in environmental pollution, energy systems and food systems at the University of Vermont. He manages the website. For permission to reprint this essay, contact the author at

“My flexible schedule allows me to be deeply involved in my community. I’m one of three primary organizers of my local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and I’m also the treasurer of the Mad Robin Callers Collective, a local group who promotes traditional contra dancing and organizes a variety of local dances and events. I volunteer with a range of community organizations, most notably the Intervale Center, a local organization that runs a range of innovative programs to promote small-scale, organic, localized food systems. Beyond my community involvement, I enjoy practicing and teaching ancestral skills, hunting, fishing, foraging wild edible plants, spending copious amounts of time outdoors, and generally relishing life.” read more about Eric

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