This introductory book addresses topics from industrial farming (including CAFOs ¬¬- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) to the ongoing conflicts between factory farms and family farms, to how family farms can be profitable after peak oil. He also examines industrial agriculture and nature's own ecological methods, and shows how, in his own dairy operation, new sustainable approaches can be less costly, more productive, and return more profits to farmers.
Dr. Thicke is an advocate for the systematic improvement of agricultural technology and farming methods, and for the effective use of sustainable, renewable sources of energy to achieve self-sufficiency in food production. His insights have proven increasingly relevant in the development of new public policy for Iowa, with profound implications for the United States as a whole.
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Have the recent egg recalls and the ongoing scares about salmonella and e.coli got you worried about who you can trust when you buy your food? Have you ever wondered if there's a fair and sensible solution to the uproar about the odors, health hazards and water pollution caused by 'factory farm' hog and cattle confinements? If you're looking for answers to these questions and if you'd like to know whether it's possible to have a secure, trustworthy and sustainable food supply, you'll want to read "A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture" by Francis Thicke, Ph.D. Dr. Thicke puts a lifetime of hands-on farming experience, a Ph.D. in Soil Science and four years at the USDA to good use in "A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture." This book, written in a simple and down-to-earth style, will give you new hope for farmers and farming in Iowa and around the world. Dr. Thicke points out that we already have working examples of how crop, livestock and farm production can be designed and managed to: make more money for farmers keep more money in local economies and rural farming communities harness the sun and wind on the farm make biofuels on the farm so farmers are energy-independent conserve and rebuild our soil, our water quality and our air quality The era of cheap oil and fossil fuels is coming to an end. Dr. Thicke believes that it is time for us to design and implement a sustainable, wholesome system of farming and food production that will benefit farmers, consumers, livestock, wildlife and the environment. His book shows us how we can get there from where we are now, and give ourselves a nutritious and secure food system that will also give farmers a prosperous and sustainable future.