In his Atlantic.com column, Michel discusses the effects of having community-owned employers in the food ecosystem and compare the diversity and the different jobs available in grocery stores versus urban farms.
From Silver Bullets to Golden Food Systems:
“…It’s always been interesting to me how most Americans look at fixing problems. For almost any you can imagine, there is a specifically designed and marketed solution—otherwise known as the silver bullet. Gained too much weight? Join this club, or take this pill, or read this book, or eliminate this ingredient from your diet. We’ve learned from events like the tanking of the Atkins Diet and deaths from popular diet pills that these oversimplified approaches don’t work.
The same approach holds true for problems that plague our most disadvantaged rural and urban communities. We have seen millions of dollars spent on underserved issues like housing, medical services, safe playgrounds, food access, and job training. Each represents a silver bullet in its own way because they all try to address the ills of these communities through individual subjects. Just like simply eliminating carbohydrates from your diet won’t provide you with good health, “job training” won’t provide meaningful jobs when there are no businesses that are vibrant enough to hire people when the labor subsidy evaporates…”