Crisis and Opportunity Sustainability in American Agriculture

ISBN-10: 0803211422
ISBN-13: 9780803211421
Edition: 2008
Authors: John E. Ikerd
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 4.75" wide x 11.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

With the decline of family farms and rural communities and the rise of corporate farming and the resulting environmental degradation, American agriculture is in crisis. But this crisis offers the opportunity to rethink agriculture in sustainable terms. Here one of the most eloquent and influential proponents of sustainable agriculture explains what this means. These engaging essays describe what sustainable agriculture is, why it began, and how it can succeed. Together they constitute a clear and compelling vision for rebalancing the ecological, economic, and social dimensions of agriculture to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. nbsp; InCrisis and Opportunity, John E. Ikerd outlines the consequences of agricultural industrialization, then details the methods that can restore economic viability, ecological soundness, and social responsibility to our agricultural system and thus ensure sustainable agriculture as the foundation of a sustainable food system and a sustainable society.

John E. Ikerd is professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri. He is the author ofSustainable Capitalism,A Return to Common Sense, andSmall Farms are Real Farms.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Crisis and Opportunity in American Agriculture
The Industrialization of American Agriculture
Why We Should Stop Promoting Industrial Agriculture
Corporate Agriculture and Family Farms
The Corporatization of America
New Hope for the Future of Farming
Rediscovering Agriculture and New Hope for Farming
Farming in Harmony with Nature and Society
Reclaiming the Sacred in Food and Farming
Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
Do We Really Need to Define Sustainable Agriculture?
Foundational Principles of Soils, Stewardship, and Sustainability
Economics of Sustainable Farming
The Renaissance of Rural America
The New American Farmer
Walking the Talk of Sustainable Agriculture
Survival Strategies for Small Farms
Marketing in the Niches for Sustainability
Local Organic Farms Save Farmland and Communities
The Triple Bottom Line of Farming in the Future
Creating Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
The Real Costs of Globalization
Redirecting Government Policies for Agricultural Sustainability
The New American Food System
American Agriculture After Fossil Energy
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