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Locavore leaders such as Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Barbara Kingsolver all speak of the need for sweeping changes in how we get our food. A longtime leader of this movement is Wes Jackson, who for decades has taken it upon himself to speak for the land, to speak for the soil itself. Here, he offers a manifesto toward a conceptual revolution: Jackson asks us to look to natural ecosystemsor, if one prefers, nature in generalas the measure against which we judge all of our agricultural practices.
Jackson believes the time is right to do away with annual monoculture grains, which are vulnerable to national security threats and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs. Soil erosion and the poisons polluting our water and airall associated with agriculture from its beginningsforetell a population with its natural fertility greatly destroyed.
In this eloquent and timely volume, Jackson argues we must look to nature itself to lead us out of the mess we’ve made. The natural ecosystems will tell us, if we listen, what should happen to the future of food.
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Table of Contents
Part I Some History and Assumptions
Chapter 1 Introduction 3
Chapter 2 One Man's Education 19
Chapter 3 Earth Is Alive 64
Chapter 4 The 3.45-Billion-Year-Old Imperative and the Five Pools 73
Chapter 5 The Rise of Technological Fundamentalism 85
Part II Losses
Chapter 6 The Most Serious Loss of All 100
Chapter 7 Chemicals on the Landscape 131
Chapter 8 The Loss of Cultural Capacity 135
Chapter 9 Global Warming: How a Little Change Can Mean a Lot 140
Part III Reversing the Damage
Chapter 10 Consulting the Genius 146
Chapter 11 A 50-Year Farm Bill Proposal Goes to Washington 177
Chapter 12 An Appeal to the Russians 188
Chapter 13 Were Ants the First Agriculturists? 201
Part IV Analyzing the Resistance
Chapter 14 Analyzing the Resistance 208
Part V Away From the Extractive Economy
Chapter 15 Away From the Extractive Economy 218
Part VI An Enigma
Chapter 16 Thoughts on the Natural History of Eden 238
References and Notes 254