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From the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know about Agriculture
     

From the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know about Agriculture

by Gary Holthaus
 
In From the Farm to the Table, Gary Holthaus illuminates the state of American agriculture today, particularly the impact of globalization, through the stories of farmers who balance traditional practices with innovative methods to meet market demands. Holthaus demonstrates how the vitality of America's communities is bound to the successes and failures of its farmers

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In From the Farm to the Table, Gary Holthaus illuminates the state of American agriculture today, particularly the impact of globalization, through the stories of farmers who balance traditional practices with innovative methods to meet market demands. Holthaus demonstrates how the vitality of America's communities is bound to the successes and failures of its farmers. Farmers explain how their lives and communities have changed as they work to create healthy soil, healthy animals, and healthy food in a context of ineffective federal policy, growing competition from abroad, public misconceptions regarding government subsidies, the dangers of environmental damage and genetically modified crops, and the myths of modern economics.

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Library Journal
Writer, editor, and poet Holthaus (Wide Skies: Finding a Home in the West), whose published works focus on questions of humankind's place in the landscape, turns his attention to sustainable agriculture in this exploration of the challenges and opportunities of developing an agriculture that will provide food for generations to come. Sponsored by the Minnesota-based Experiment in Rural Cooperation, Holthaus's book tells the story of modern agriculture through engaging interviews with men and women who make a living farming in southeastern Minnesota. In a tone reminiscent of Wendell Berry's A Place on Earth, he examines the far-reaching effects of genetically modified organisms, free-trade agreements that nurture "transnational corporate profit," dependence on fossil fuel-derived chemicals, and the toll all this has taken on the land and farmers. This heavily footnoted volume, one of the first in the new "Culture of the Land" series, will assist those engaged in agricultural policy research. Recommended for academic agriculture collections.
—Sara Rutter
From the Publisher
"When farmers tell their story, there is no end to learning…. A solid piece of work in the mosaic of the farming history of our country." —Claus Sproll, Lilipoh" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813192260
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
02/06/2009
Series:
Culture of the Land
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Holthaus is the author of several books, including Wide Skies: Finding a Home in the West, Circling Back, and Unexpected Manna.

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