Along with corporate control of the food supply is the accompanying draconian legislation of regulatory agencies that seek to eliminate small farmers through layers of bureaucracy that make it nearly impossible for them to compete with large-scale agricultural enterprises. This process is accomplished through licensing fees, arbitrary bans on home production of marketable food items, government subsidies to agricultural supply companies, and outrageously high fees for organic certification. The purpose behind this legislation is to commodify the organic food movement into an easily controlled market that can be repackaged as compatible with neoliberal globalization, leaving behind the emphasis on localism and sustainability that characterized the organic foods movement from its origins. Walmart, for example, has recently jumped on the organic bandwagon, yet all the farmers they've contracted with are, due to the comparatively lower profit margins of working with small farmers, either large-scale enterprises or located in foreign countries, where workers can be more easily exploited.
Permaculture philosophy also emphasizes the importance of localism, not only in food production, but also in bioregional government and economics, with limits to speculation and centralization of bureaucracy. Taken together, these principles form the basis of an environmental movement structured in such a way that it provides one of the only truly effective methods of resistance against heavily centralized global governance. Many in the patriot and truth seeker communities, recognizing the flaws in global food production systems, have focused on survivalism, stockpiling non-perishable goods and, typically, ammunition as well. Yet these avenues provide no tenable solutions for creating an improved society in which resources are more equitably distributed, meaning that impoverishment and food riots are a distinct possibility in the latter stages of the American Empire. Intensive study and practice in horticulture will demonstrate that no single family can create all the resources necessary for true self-suficiency. Scientific studies have also shown that soils vary tremendously in vitamin and mineral content from one spot to another, so relying on one small area for all your food needs is a strategy sure to lead to malnourishment, even assuming that the means to produce and maintain your own food are in place. So, true autonomy from authoritarian governments means, instead of the inherent competition and violence of unmitigated self-sufficiency, a return to small-scale systems of production backed by interdependent communities. Permaculture and all its sub-disciplines provide a way out of a grim future through an emphasis on local community and sustainability beyond the globalist paradigm.