From the Good Earth: A Celebration of Growing Food Around the World

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A lavishly illustrated celebration of organically grown food and a look at the land and the people who produce it. Farmer and photographer Michael Ableman takes the reader on an unprecedented photographic journey that spans five continents and investigates a tradition that is thousands of years old. 170 full-color illustrations.
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Overview

A lavishly illustrated celebration of organically grown food and a look at the land and the people who produce it. Farmer and photographer Michael Ableman takes the reader on an unprecedented photographic journey that spans five continents and investigates a tradition that is thousands of years old. 170 full-color illustrations.
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This book is a tribute to agriculture and the great diversity of practices and customs that surround it. Ableman, a California organic farmer, presents a photographic essay with 170 full-color photographs of farming practices in China, Kenya, Burundi, Italy, Peru, the American Southwest, and elsewhere. His photos include fields that rely on many different cropping practices, markets displaying an array of foods for interested buyers, urban plots, and plants grown in backyard gardens and pots. We catch a glimpse of people of all ages and many cultures involved in producing and selling food and their links with community and culture. The accompanying text offers Ableman's perspectives on the contrast between industrial agriculture, which uses heavy machinery and chemicals, and the labor-intensive, nonchemical approaches still used in most of the world. He urges us to understand the interconnections between our food, our health, our communities, and our environment for the sake of the planet's future. Recommended.-- Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Piscataway, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810925175
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction: Starting Points 10
Ch. 1 Into the Past 20
Ch. 2 Fire on the Horizon 68
Ch. 3 Stepping Stones to Renewal 88
Ch. 4 Of Marketplaces and Cookpots 128
What You Can Do 162
Resources: Where to Begin 163
Index 164
Acknowledgments 168
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