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New Roots for Agriculture New Edition The plowshare may well have destroyed options for future generations than the sword writes Wes Jackson in a review of practices that have brought U S agriculture to the edge of disaster Tillage has h

  • Title: New Roots for Agriculture (New Edition)
  • Author: Wes Jackson Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9780803275621
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • New Roots for Agriculture (New Edition) By Wes Jackson Wendell Berry, The plowshare may well have destroyed options for future generations than the sword, writes Wes Jackson in a review of practices that have brought U.S agriculture to the edge of disaster Tillage has hastened the erosion of irreplaceable topsoil everywhere and a technology based on fossil fuels has increased yields for short term profits, leaving crops ever vu The plowshare may well have destroyed options for future generations than the sword, writes Wes Jackson in a review of practices that have brought U.S agriculture to the edge of disaster Tillage has hastened the erosion of irreplaceable topsoil everywhere and a technology based on fossil fuels has increased yields for short term profits, leaving crops ever vulnerable to diseases, pests, and droughts Such, says Jackson, is the failure of success As high technology agriculture becomes wasteful and expensive, farmers are being forced off the land or into bankruptcy Jackson s major solution calls for the development of plant combinations that yield food while holding the soil and re newing its nutrients without plowing or applying fossil fuel based fertilizers or pesticides His new way of raising crops, by working with the soil s natural systems, would keep the world s bread basket producing perpetually.

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    1. Wes Jackson was born in Kansas farm country, in a place where his grandfather homesteaded The land of his birth was being destroyed by agriculture, and this drove him crazy Wes and his wife Dana created The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas Their mission was to create sustainable agriculture, a noble 100 year project that he describes in New Roots for Agriculture This book is a great primer on farming short, smart, and easy to read.Our education system excels at graduating scholars who are blissf [...]

    2. Jackson has been arguing since at least 1980 that the basis of agriculture is fundamentally flawed His argument is that we have built agriculture on the cultivation of annuals, that annuals are plants evolved to grow in disturbed environments, that therefore we must continual disturb the soil to grow them and therefore we inevitably destroy our farmland leading to desertification He does not think this is an easy sell and he has spent his life working toward the use of perennials I have to respe [...]

    3. A bona fide Midwestern radical draws into question the whole direction of agriculture, including what we now call sustainable agriculture.

    4. The first chapter of this book knocked my socks off, just as the book One Straw Revolution did But after that, I just couldn t get into it, which is a common dynamic for me with ag non fiction.

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