New Roots for Agriculture (New Edition) / Edition 1

New Roots for Agriculture (New Edition) / Edition 1

by Wes Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803275625

ISBN-13: 9780803275621

Pub. Date: 04/28/1985

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press


"The plowshare may well have destroyed more options for future generations than the sword," writes Wes Jackson in a review of practices that have brought U.S. agriculture to the edge of disaster. Tillage has hastened the erosion of irreplaceable topsoil everywhere and a technology based on fossil fuels has increased yields for short-term profits, leaving crops…  See more details below

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"The plowshare may well have destroyed more options for future generations than the sword," writes Wes Jackson in a review of practices that have brought U.S. agriculture to the edge of disaster. Tillage has hastened the erosion of irreplaceable topsoil everywhere and a technology based on fossil fuels has increased yields for short-term profits, leaving crops ever more vulnerable to diseases, pests, and droughts. Such, says Jackson, is "the failure of success." As high-technology agriculture becomes more wasteful and expensive, more farmers are being forced off the land or into bankruptcy.
 
Jackson's major solution calls for the development of plant combinations that yield food while holding the soil and re-newing its nutrients without plowing or applying fossil-fuel-based fertilizers or pesticides. His new way of raising crops, by working with the soil's natural systems, would keep the world's bread-basket producing perpetually.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803275621
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/28/1985
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
757,684
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

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