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TitleNew Roots for Agriculture
AuthorWes Jackson
ISBN0803275625
ImprintWes Jackson Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages151

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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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Richard Reese

New Roots for Agriculture By Wes Jackson

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... (Sign in to see more)


Al Maki

New Roots for Agriculture By Wes Jackson

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 gro... (Sign in to see more)


David

New Roots for Agriculture By Wes Jackson

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


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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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