Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews with 14 Agents of Change

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This book looks deeply into the American food system and closely examines the need for change in the way food is grown and distributed in the United States. It is composed of twelve interviews with dynamic women who work on issues surrounding modern agriculture. These women are producers, academicians, advocates and activists. Some work in agricultural law and policy. All are devoted to changing the current system.

Within a framework that offers brief overviews of the development of U.S. agriculture, the interviews allow the reader to hear firsthand what has gone wrong and what we can do about it. Part One focuses on concepts of traditional agriculture, organic growing and market viability. Part Two discusses pioneering agriculture and the process of restoring our farms to thriving habitats of biodiversity with clean water and healthy soil. Part Three considers the issues of industrial agriculture, exploring the controversy of genetically modified foods, farm foreclosures and the 2002 Farm Bill. Part Four returns us to sustainable agriculture and how we can make sustainability work for us. It includes discussions of farmers' markets, co-ops and local food systems.

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Editorial Reviews

Great Plains Research
an engaging, well-written preface...women featured here have done important work and led fascinating lives
SciTech Book News
interviews focus on their ideas about change as well as their personal experiences in trying to effect that change
The New Farm
"case studies are down to earth and colloquial...the interviews give insight into the personality and motivations...gives readers a glimpse into the lives of women who are making the world a better place"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786417476
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Anderson lives in Oklahoma.

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Table of Contents

1 Spring beginnings : traditional agriculture 9
Cornelia Butler Flora 13
Lynn Coody 27
La Rhea Pepper 40
2 Summer abundance : pioneering agriculture 53
Dana Jackson 59
Patricia Richardson 70
Peggy Sechrist 85
3 Autumn reaping : industrial agriculture 99
Sarah Vogel 112
Mona Lee Brock 126
Kim Leval 137
4 Winter's return : sustainable agriculture 149
Diana Endicott 156
Christine Kirby 166
Lane County Food Coalition 177
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