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Library JournalWriter, 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.