A leader in food localization efforts since 2006, Michael Brownlee is the author of The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times (North Atlantic Books, Fall 2016), a manifesto for localizing the nation’s food supply and a strategic guide for those who are in a position to be catalysts in this process. The book explores humanity's near-term and prolonged global food crisis, driven by converging forces of global warming, environmental destruction, soil and water depletion, species extinction, and economic instability. An already-failing and profoundly unsustainable industrialized food system will not be able to adequately feed our growing populations, leaving billions of people at risk. To avert catastrophe, our food supply chain must be localized to the greatest extent possible, beginning in local communities and regional foodsheds. This, says Brownlee is the single most important and most urgent social cause of our time, requiring a revolutionary response. Mysteriously, individuals everywhere are awakening to the possibility that this challenge is their calling, the purpose they are designed to serve. As evolutionary catalysts, they carry within them the seeds of healing, rebirth, regeneration, and restoration.
A founding partner in Local Food Catalysts, LLC, an online media and events company supporting the emerging local food revolution, Michael was also co-founder of Boulder-based Local Food Shift Group (formerly known as Transition Colorado, the first officially-recognized Transition Initiative in North America), a non-profit organization with the mission of building community resilience and self-reliance through localizing the food supply.