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Soil and Health A Study of Organic Agriculture

ISBN-10: 0813191718
ISBN-13: 9780813191713
Edition: 2007
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Description: The Soil and Health was published in 1945, just before agricultural corporations surged to global proportions. Sir Albert Howard's work is a major inspiration to the growing organic and sustainable farming movement and a thought-provoking reminder  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 1/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Soil and Health was published in 1945, just before agricultural corporations surged to global proportions. Sir Albert Howard's work is a major inspiration to the growing organic and sustainable farming movement and a thought-provoking reminder of a road not taken in developing mainstream agriculture during the past half-century. The central tenet of Howard's philosophy is that healthy soil, vegetation, animals, and humans are connected and that undernourishment of soil is the source of modern agricultural and health problems. In Howard's estimation, heavy reliance on chemical fertilizers will ultimately lead to widespread disease and destruction of vibrant communities. The environmental and social consequences of industrial farming are being hotly debated, and The Soil and Health remains vital to understanding what is at stake in the battle between chemical and organic farming.

Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, before moving to Henry County. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community. Collected Poems, 1957-1982, was particularly well-received. Novels and short stories set in Port William, a fictional town paralleling his real-life home town of Port Royal further established his literary reputation. The Memory of Old Jack, Berry's third novel, received Chicago's Friends of American Writers Award for 1975. Berry reached his broadest audience and attained his greatest popular acclaim through his essays. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture is a springboard for contemporary environmental concerns. In his life as well as his art, Berry has advocated a responsible, contextual relationship with individuals in a local, agrarian economy.

Introduction
The operations of nature
Systems of agriculture
The maintenance of soil fertility in Great Britain
Industrialism and the profit motive
The intrusion of science
Some diseases of the soil
The diseases of crops
Disease and health in livestock
Soil fertility had human health
The nature of disease
Origins and scope of the problem
The Indore process and its reception by the farming and gardening worlds
The reception of the Indore process by the scientists
A final survey
Progress made on a tea estate in North Bengal
Compost making in Rhodesia
The utilization of municipal wastes in South Africa
Farming for profit on a 750-acre farm in Whiltshire with organic manures as the sole medium of re-fertilization

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