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Emergent Agriculture (978-0865717732)

Emergent Agriculture (2014) by Gary S. Kleppel
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Long embraced by corporations who are driven only by the desire for profit, industrial agriculture wastes precious resources and spews millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year, exacerbating climate change and threatening the very earth and water on which we depend. However, this dominant system, from which Americans obtain most of their food, is being supplanted by a new paradigm.

The Emergent Agriculture is a collection of fourteen thematic essays on sustainability viewed through the lens of farming. Arguing that industrial food production is incompatible with the realities of nature, science and ethics, this lyrical narrative makes the case for a locally based food system which is:

  • Stable in the face of economic uncertainty
  • Resilient in the face of environmental variability
  • Grounded in stewardship of the land, on attaching value to food and the craft involved in producing it, and on respecting the dignity of farmers, consumers and livestock.

 

A revolution in food production is underway. Written from the vantage point of an ecologist who is also a farmer, The Emergent Agriculture is essential reading for anyone interested in food security and the potential for growing local economies. Food for thought about the future of food.


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Long embraced by corporations who are driven only by the desire for profit, industrial agriculture wastes precious resources and spews millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year, exacerbating climate change and threatening the very earth and water on which we depend. However, this dominant system, from which Americans obtain most of their food, is being supplanted by a new paradigm.

The Emergent Agriculture is a collection of fourteen thematic essays on sustainability viewed through the lens of farming. Arguing that industrial food production is incompatible with the realities of nature, science and ethics, this lyrical narrative makes the case for a locally based food system which is:

  • Stable in the face of economic uncertainty
  • Resilient in the face of environmental variability
  • Grounded in stewardship of the land, on attaching value to food and the craft involved in producing it, and on respecting the dignity of farmers, consumers and livestock.

 

A revolution in food production is underway. Written from the vantage point of an ecologist who is also a farmer, The Emergent Agriculture is essential reading for anyone interested in food security and the potential for growing local economies. Food for thought about the future of food.

 

From the Back Cover

 

Local, diverse and resilient the new culture of food

the inside story on the most hopeful development in American culture in recent years. ---Bill McKibben, authorDeep Economy

This book describes the future perfectly.---Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm


Written from the vantage point of a farmer-ecologist, The Emergent Agricultureis a fascinating conversation about the future of food. Arguing that industrial food production is incompatible with the realities of nature, science and ethics, this collection of fourteen lyrical essays makes the case for a locally based food system which:

Nourishes the bonds between farmers and consumers
Remains stable in the face of economic and environmental uncertainty
Celebrates stewardship and craftsmanship, and honors the growers who feed the soil.

A revolution in food production is underway. The Emergent Agriculture is essential reading for anyone interested in food security and the potential for growing local economies. Food for thought about the future of food.


an eloquent and well-researched case for supporting agricultural production that is community-based, appropriately scaled to local resources, nutritionally rich and ethical. ---Marianne Sarrantonio, Associate Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, University of Maine

Gary Kleppel is a professor of Biology at the SUNY Albany, where he focuses on sustainable agriculture, conservation-based grazing, and the ecology of human-dominated landscapes. He and his wife Pam are owners of Longfield Farm, where they produce grass-fed lamb, wool, free-range chickens and eggs, and artisanal breads.

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