Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

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University Press of Kentucky, Apr 14, 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 KirschenmannŐs 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

Theological Reflections while Castrating Calves
15
Putting a System Together
30
Expanding the Vision of Sustainable Agriculture
48
The Role of Independent Beef Producers in Rural Development
63
Being at Home
78
The Pleasure of Good Eating
92
On Learning to Farm Ecologically on the Prairie
121
Can Organic Agriculture Feed the World? And Is That the Right
141
Is the USDA Accounting for the Costs to Farmers from Contamination
226
Whats an Education For?
243
Rediscovering American Agriculture
262
In Search of Objectivity or How to Create a Credible Certification
279
Marketing Stories for New Value Chains
306
How Churches Can Help
322
Rethinking Food
336
Afterword
358

Questioning Biotechnologys Claims and Imagining Alternatives
161
Why American Agriculture Is Not Sustainable
178
And Then What? Attending to the Context of Our Innovations
204

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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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