Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

by Frederick L. Kirschenmann
     
 

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For more than thirty years, Frederick L. Kirschenmann has explored the ethical and practical principles of sustainable agriculture. An accomplished theologian, philosopher, and third-generation farmer, Kirschenmann is a dynamic leading voice in the dialogue about the challenges of modern agriculture.

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer

Overview

For more than thirty years, Frederick L. Kirschenmann has explored the ethical and practical principles of sustainable agriculture. An accomplished theologian, philosopher, and third-generation farmer, Kirschenmann is a dynamic leading voice in the dialogue about the challenges of modern agriculture.

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher follows Kirschenmann's personal and professional evolution as a lifelong proponent of new agrarianism. Together with agricultural economist Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann has compiled a collection of his essential writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. In this fascinating blend of personal history, philosophical discourse, spiritual ruminations, and practical advice, Kirschenmann shares candid, valuable insights into the agricultural challenges facing the modern world and the necessity of achieving ecologically sound and responsible stewardship of the land.

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience follows the development of Kirschenmann's long and distinguished career, from childhood lessons learned on the family farm to his inventive approaches for addressing contemporary agrarian issues. More than a mere retrospective, these essays serve as an introduction to the life and work of an extraordinary agricultural thinker.

Though sustainability has been a concern for ages, modern farming practices typically value quantity over quality and profit over ecology, increasing the need for sustainable agriculture and natural cultivation methods. In Cultivating an Ecological Conscience, a modern-day agricultural pioneer addresses the complex challenges inherent in meeting the world's increasing food needs and the many environmental obstacles we must overcome.

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"With beautiful language, a gentle tone yet strong voice is cultivated in the book that reawakens the senses and embodies the tasks Kirschenmann sets for the reader. — Li An Phoa" — Environmental Ethics

"Cultivating is a text that should be read start to finish...because a story is told. That narrative is one man's continuing journey towards a harmonic way of life with the biotic community...Kirschenmann continues to develop his own agroecological thought and this text might guide readers developing their own ecological consciousness." — Robert J. Wengronowitz, Agricultural and Human Values

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813139586
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Series:
Culture of the Land
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
420
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Frederick L. Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Ames, Iowa, and president of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture at Pocantico Hills, New York, has published articles in many books including Farm Aid: A Song For America and Sustainable Agroecosystem Management. He lives in Ames, Iowa.

Constance L. Falk, professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business at New Mexico State University, has been published in the Journal of Food Distribution Research, HortTechnology, and the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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