'Virtuous Circles: Values, Systems and Sustainability’, a recently published book by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), articulates an alternative future in which food, energy and water supplies are sustainable and in the control of local communities. It focuses on local communities as the driver of alternative means of designing resilient food systems.
The book argues that the linear systems that shape our world are flawed, as they assume a limitless supply of resources and a limitless capacity for the environment to absorb waste and pollution. The authors call instead for circular systems that mimic natural cycles to produce food, energy, materials and clean water.
The book can be downloaded for free here.