John Ikerd is a widely celebrated economist, teacher, author and public advocate for an economics for sustainability. John urges a shift away from our current economic system of “more cheap stuff” towards one which recognizes and protects the unique human and natural characteristics of our communities
John was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. Ikerd is author of Sustainable Capitalism, A Return to Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture, Essentials of Economic Sustainability, and A Revolution of the Middle, on line at http://sites.google.com/site/revolutionofthemiddle/.