Organic Futures: The Case for Organic Farming

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Presenting an overwhelming argument for replacing modern farming methods with organic techniques, this book explores the history, politics, and practicalities of organic farming. Adrian Myers shows how the current techniques of agriculture and horticulture based on chemical fertilizers, which inevitably bring about the deterioration of soil life, cannot provide a long-term sustainable future for humankind. Organic Futures shows what we can learn from 4,000 years of sustainable organic agriculture in the Far East ...

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Overview

Presenting an overwhelming argument for replacing modern farming methods with organic techniques, this book explores the history, politics, and practicalities of organic farming. Adrian Myers shows how the current techniques of agriculture and horticulture based on chemical fertilizers, which inevitably bring about the deterioration of soil life, cannot provide a long-term sustainable future for humankind. Organic Futures shows what we can learn from 4,000 years of sustainable organic agriculture in the Far East and explains how organic farming is different from conventional agriculture. It demonstrates the damaging effects of conventional farming and discusses the importance of maintaining soil fertility. Presenting a vision of an organic future, the book also documents inspiring developments in both the West and the Third World.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903998694
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Myers practiced organic farming for 20 years, running a mixed organic smallholding in the Shropshire borders. Today he runs an extensive organic garden and orchard at his farm near Shrewsbury.

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Table of Contents

1. What is organic farming?
2. From the past to the present
3. The living soil
4. Nutrition and food safety
5. Genetically modified foods
6. Maintaining soil fertility
7. Control versus co-operation
8. The challenges ahead
9. The organic uplands : a vision of the future

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