Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm

Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm

by Richard A. Levins, Richard Levins
     
 


Willard Cochrane watched the dramatic decline in American family farming from a vantage point few can claim. He became one of the country’s premier agricultural economists and carried the standard of liberalism for President Kennedy in the last serious fight to save the family farm. Then, for forty long years, he held to the principles while traditional… See more details below

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Willard Cochrane watched the dramatic decline in American family farming from a vantage point few can claim. He became one of the country’s premier agricultural economists and carried the standard of liberalism for President Kennedy in the last serious fight to save the family farm. Then, for forty long years, he held to the principles while traditional agriculture faded into what he once called “family farms in form but not in spirit.”

This book is about the spirit of family farming: Thomas Jefferson’s dream of an agrarian democracy. What should we do in the face of globalization, high technology, and corporate control of our food supply? Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm recounts how one man faced these issues and where he would wish us to go in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803280267
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Our Sustainable Future Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Richard A. Levins is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the foreword to Cochrane’s book The Curse of American Agricultural Abundance: A Sustainable Solution.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsx
1Family Farms in Form but Not in Spirit1
2The Golden Age13
3The Treadmill26
4Professor Cochrane Goes to Washington44
5An Unreconstructed Liberal62
6Heartland79
Notes83
Selected Writings of Willard Cochrane, 1939-199785

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