Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California / Edition 1

Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California / Edition 1

by Julie Guthman
ISBN-10:
0520240952
ISBN-13:
2900520240956
Pub. Date:
08/04/2004
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California / Edition 1


In this groundbreaking study of organic farming, Julie Guthman challenges accepted wisdom about organic food and agriculture in the Golden State. Many continue to believe that small-scale organic farming is the answer to our environmental and health problems, but Guthman refutes popular portrayals that pit “small organic” against “big organic” and offers an alternative analysis that underscores the limits of an organic label as a pathway to transforming agriculture.

This second edition includes a thorough investigation of the federal organic program, a discussion of how the certification arena has continued to grow and change since its implementation, and an up-to-date guide to the structure of the organic farming sector. Agrarian Dreams delivers an indispensable examination of organic farming in California and will appeal to readers in a variety of areas, including food studies, agriculture, environmental studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900520240956
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/04/2004
Series: California Studies in Critical Human Geography Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Maps
1. Agrarian Dreams
2. Finding the Way: Roads to Organic Production
3. Organic Farming: Ideal Practices and Practical Ideals
4. California Dreaming: California’s Agro-Industrial Legacy
5. Organic Sediment: A Geography of Organic Production
6. Conventionalizing Organic: From Social Movement to Industry via Regulation
7. Organic Regulation Ramified
8. California Organics, Fifteen Years On
Appendix
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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