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<p>Fatal Harvest takes an unprecedented look at our current ecologically destructive agricultural system and offers a compelling vision for an organic and environmentally safer way of producing the food we eat. It includes more than 250 profound and startling photographs and gathers together more than 40 essays by leading ecological thinkers including Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, David Ehrenfeld, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, and Gary Nabhan. Its scope and photo-driven approach provide a unique and invaluable antidote to the efforts ...
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<p>Fatal Harvest takes an unprecedented look at our current ecologically destructive agricultural system and offers a compelling vision for an organic and environmentally safer way of producing the food we eat. It includes more than 250 profound and startling photographs and gathers together more than 40 essays by leading ecological thinkers including Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, David Ehrenfeld, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, and Gary Nabhan. Its scope and photo-driven approach provide a unique and invaluable antidote to the efforts by agribusiness to obscure and disconnect us from the truth about industrialized foods.<p>The book's many photographs and essays offer graphic testimony to the tragic consequences of how our food is produced. Readers will come to see that industrial food production is indeed a "fatal harvest" - fatal to consumers, as pesticide residues and new disease vectors such as E. coli and "mad cow disease" find their way into our food supply; fatal to our landscapes, as chemical runoff from factory farms poison our rivers and groundwater; fatal to genetic diversity, as farmers rely increasingly on high-yield monocultures and genetically engineered crops; and fatal to our farm communities, which are wiped out by huge corporate farms.<p>As it exposes the ecological and social impacts of industrial agriculture's fatal harvest, the book also details a new ecological and humane vision for agriculture. It shows how millions of people are engaged in the new politics of food as they work to develop a better alternative to the current chemically fed and biotechnology-driven system. Designed to aid the movement to reform industrial agriculture, Fatal Harvest will inform and influence the activists, farmers, policymakers, and consumers who are seeking a safer and more sustainable food future.
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From Paulette Cole: "This book about the agricultural-industrial complex has been an eye-opener. Cotton farming is responsible for a lot of agricultural toxins."

— Jen Renzi

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This volume looks at this nation's way of producing food and offers solutions to current destructive farming practice, showing how thousands of people are working to fundamentally reshape agriculture. Essays by 40-plus environmental thinkers, along with 250 color photographs, illustrate the current state of America's agricultural crisis, revealing industrial food production as fatal to consumers because of pesticides and new diseases, fatal to the landscape because of chemical runoff from factory farms, and fatal to rural communities being wiped out by corporate farms. Edited by Kimbrell, a public interest attorney, activist, and author. Oversize: 11.75x12". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559639415
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1902
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 12.42 (w) x 15.64 (h) x 1.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Introduction 1
The Whole Horse: The Preservation of the Agrarian Mind 7
Global Monoculture: The Worldwide Destruction of Diversity 13
Machine Logic: Industrializing Nature and Agriculture 17
Industrial Agriculture's War against Nature 21
Hard Time for Diversity 29
The Impossible Race: Population Growth and the Fallacies of Agricultural Hope 35
Farming in Nature's Image: Natural Systems Agriculture 41
Seven Deadly Myths of Industrial Agriculture 49
Myth 1 Industrial Agriculture Will Feed the World 50
Myth 2 Industrial Food Is Safe, Healthy, and Nutritious 52
Myth 3 Industrial Food Is Cheap 54
Myth 4 Industrial Agriculture Is Efficient 56
Myth 5 Industrial Food Offers More Choices 58
Myth 6 Industrial Agriculture Benefits the Environment and Wildlife 60
Myth 7 Biotechnology Will Solve the Problems of Industrial Agriculture 62
Monocultures of the Mind 67
Monoculture versus Diversity: The Illusion of Choice 71
Learning to See What You Are Looking At 84
Scale - Does It Matter? 91
A Blow to the Breadbasket: Industrial Grain Production 99
The Evolution of Industrial Vegetable Production 111
Pesticide Fields Forever? Berries and Melons 123
Industrially Grown Soybeans: Technology versus the Farmer 133
A Raw Deal for Consumers: The Business of Sugar Politics 139
The Fabric of Their Lies: Cotton's Devastating Legacy 149
Falling Far from the Tree: The Sterile World of Industrial Orchards 159
Grapes of Wrath: Wine's Chemical Dependency 181
Agricultural Landscapes in Harmony with Nature 189
The Ecological Impacts of Industrial Agriculture 197
Attempting to Control the Seed: From Hybridization to Genetic Engineering
The Seed as Machine: From Breeding to Hybridization 203
Untested, Unlabeled, and You're Eating It: The Health and Environmental Hazards of Genetically Engineered Food 209
Soil and Water: Vanishing Basics
Tilth and Technology: The Industrial Redesign of Our Nation's Soils 221
Water: The Overtapped Resource 229
Toxic Inputs: Industrial Agriculture's Killing Fields
Artificial Fertility: The Environmental Costs of Industrial Fertilizers 239
Hidden Dimensions of Damage: Pesticides and Health 245
Technological Takeover: Attempting to End the Agrarian Tradition
The Virtual Farm: Precision Farming and Technology Take Command 261
The New "Farmer" 265
Hydroponics: Removing the Soil and the Soul from Natural Farming 267
Nuclear Lunch: The Dangers and Unknowns of Food Irradiation 271
The Destruction of Wildlife Habitat by Agriculture 277
Can Agriculture and Biodiversity Coexist? 279
Wildlife Health 287
Our Forgotten Pollinators: Protecting the Birds and the Bees 295
The Growing Epidemic of Hunger in a World of Plenty 303
Corporate Takeover of Agriculture 307
Globalization and Industrial Agriculture 313
Intellectual Property: Enhancing Corporate Monopoly and Bioserfdom 321
The End of Agribusiness: Dismantling the Mechanisms of Corporate Rule 329
Uncle Ben: Goin' Organic Just Like We Used To 337
Organics at the Crossroads: The Past and the Future of the Organic Movement 341
The Ethics of Eating: Why Environmentalism Starts at the Breakfast Table 347
Fully Integrated Food Systems: Regaining Connections between Farmers and Consumers 351
The Quiet Revolution: Urban Agriculture - Feeding the Body, Feeding the Soul 357
Eco-labels: Promoting Alternatives in the Marketplace 363
Farming with the Wild: A Conservation Approach to Agriculture 367
Hope 373
Acknowledgments 376
Selected References and Readings 377
Organizational Resources 379
Index 382
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