The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land / Edition 1

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Agrarian philosophy, a compelling worldview with advocates around the globe, encourages us to develop practices and policies that promote the sustainable health of the land, community, and culture. In this remarkable anthology are 15 essays from Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Gene Logsdon, Brian Donahue, Eric Freyfogle, David Orr, and others. The Essential Agrarian Reader calls us to celebrate the gifts of the earth, through honest work and respect for the land.
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Agrarianism, a set of values rooted in place and soil, is diametrically opposed to global industrialization and devastation. Instead, it strives to appreciate, understand, and care for the earth and its inhabitants. It also realizes that a sound food economy is based on sound farming practices. In this collection of eminently quotable and passionately argued essays, farmers, philosophers, scientists, and environmentalists look at the ways in which industrial agriculture, unchecked consumerism, and the squandering of natural resources have caused great harm. "I cannot imagine," writes David Orr, "a system built on exploitation, consumption, growth, and uniformity-however cleverly managed-as anything other than a prelude to ruin." Particularly inspiring in its celebration of existence is "Placing the Soul: An Agrarian Philosophy," by editor Wirzba (philosophy, Georgetown Coll.). Several of the pieces were originally speeches delivered at a 2002 conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of Wendell Berry's groundbreaking The Unsettling of America. Berry, of course, is represented here. While similar to the equally informative and thought-provoking The New Agrarianism, edited by Eric Freyfogle, The Essential Agrarian Reader is preferred for libraries with limited budgets as the contributors cover a wider range of topics, are leaders in their fields, and have lucid, expressive writing styles. Highly recommended.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813122854
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Why Agrarianism Matters - Even to Urbanites 1
Pt. 1 Agrarian Principles and Priorities
1 The Agrarian Standard 23
2 The Resettling of America 34
3 The Mind-Set of Agrarianism ... New and Old 52
4 Sustainable Economic Development: Definitions, Principles, Policies 62
5 Placing the Soul: An Agrarian Philosophical Principle 80
Pt. 2 Assessing Our Situation
6 The Current State of Agriculture: Does It Have a Future? 101
7 Globalization and the War against Farmers and the Land 121
8 The Agrarian Mind: Mere Nostalgia or a Practical Necessity? 140
9 All Flesh Is Grass: A Hopeful Look at the Future of Agrarianism 154
10 The Uses of Prophecy 171
Pt. 3 Putting Agrarianism to Work
11 Country and City: The Common Vision of Agrarians and New Urbanists 191
12 New Agrarians: Local Innovators 212
13 The Legal and Legislative Front: The Fight Against Industrial Agriculture 222
14 Private Property Rights in Land: An Agrarian View 237
15 Going to Work 259
Further Reading 267
Contributors 271
Index 273
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