Consulting the Genius of the Place

Consulting the Genius of the Place

An Ecological Approach to A New Agriculture

Book - 2010
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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. Also a longtime leader of this movement is Wes Jackson, who, for decades, has taken it upon himself to speak for the grasses and the land of the prairie, to speak for the soil itself. Here, he offers a manifesto toward a conceptual revolution: Jackson asks us to look to natural ecosystems -- or, if one prefers, nature in general -- as themeasure against which we judge all of our agricultural practices.

Wes Jackson believes the time is right to do away with monocultures, which are vulnerable to national security threats and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs. Soil erosion, overgrazing, and the poisons polluting our water and air -- all associated with our contemporary form of American agriculture -- foretell a population with its physical health and land destroyed.

In this eloquent and timely call to arms, Jackson asks us to look to nature itself to lead us out of the mess we've made. We do this by consulting with the natural ecosystems that will tell us, if we listen, what should happen to the future of food.
Published: Berkeley : Counterpoint Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010.
ISBN: 9781582435138
Branch Call Number: 577.5509 JAC
Characteristics: xi, 272 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.


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Aug 16, 2012

I love learning more about agriculture, both present day and past, but I struggled to understand this book. I value the author as a real font of knowledge, but I just couldn't wade through this book. Will try again another time.


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