Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

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University Press of Kentucky, Nov 30, 2010 - Nature - 420 pages
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Theologian, academic, and third-generation organic farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural thinker. In the last thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the principles of sustainability and has become a legend in his own right.

Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher documents Kirschenmann's evolution and his lifelong contributions to the new agrarianism in a collection of his greatest writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. Working closely with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his intellectual and spiritual journey. In a unique blend of personal history, philosophical discourse, spiritual ruminations, and practical advice, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with discussion of contemporary agrarian topics. This collection serves as an invaluable resource to agrarian scholars and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose work has profoundly influenced modern thinking about food.

 

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Contents

And Then What?
Food as Relationship
Is the USDA Accounting forthe Costs to Farmers fromContamination Caused byGenetically Engineered Plants?
Placing the Pew CommissionReport in Context
Redefining Sustainability
PART 3
Whats an Education For?
Resolving Conflicts in AmericanLandUse Values

A Transcendent Vision
Expanding the Vision ofSustainable Agriculture
The Role of Independent BeefProducers in Rural Development
Enhancing Biodiversityon Farms and Ranches
On Being an Objective Farmer
Being at Home
The Pleasure of Good Eating
Is Sustainability in OurEnergy Future?
A Journey toward Sustainability
PART 2
On Learning to FarmEcologically on the Prairie
Can Organic AgricultureFeed the World?And Is That the Right Question?
Biotechnology on the Ground
Questioning BiotechnologysClaims and Imagining Alternatives
Why American AgricultureIs Not Sustainable
What Constitutes Sound Science?
What About the Next Twenty Years?
Rediscovering AmericanAgriculture
Spirituality and Cooperatives
In Search of Objectivity orHow to Create a CredibleCertification Program
On Becoming Lovers of the Soil
Challenges Facing Philosophy asWe Enter the Twentyfirst Century
A Pigs Tale
A Bright Future forFarmers of the Middle
Revitalizing Rural Communities
Rethinking Food
Using What We Know toMake a Difference
Afterword
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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Frederick L. Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Ames, Iowa, and president of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture at Pocantico Hills, New York, has published articles in many books including Farm Aid: A Song For America and Sustainable Agroecosystem Management. He lives in Ames, Iowa.

Constance L. Falk, professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business at New Mexico State University, has been published in the Journal of Food Distribution Research, HortTechnology, and the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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