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Crisis & opportunity : sustainability in American agriculture / John E. Ikerd.

By: Ikerd, John E.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Our sustainable future: Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2008Description: 1 online resource (xi, 325 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780803217447; 0803217447.Other title: Crisis and opportunity.Subject(s): Sustainable agriculture -- United States | Alternative agriculture -- Economic aspects -- United States | Farms, Small -- United States | Agriculture -- United States -- ForecastingAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Crisis & opportunity.DDC classification: 630.973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Crisis and opportunity in American agriculture -- Why we should stop promoting industrial agriculture -- Corporate agriculture and family farms -- The corporatization of America -- Rediscovering agriculture and new hope for farming -- Farming in harmony with nature and society -- Reclaiming the sacred in food and farming -- Do we really need to define sustainable agriculture? -- Foundational principles of soils, stewardship, and sustainability -- Economics of sustainable farming -- The renaissance of rural America -- Walking the talk of sustainable agriculture -- Survival strategies for small farms -- Marketing in the niches for sustainability -- Local organic farms save farmland and communities -- The triple bottom line of farming in the future -- The real costs of globalization -- Redirecting government policies for agricultural sustainability -- The new American food system -- American agriculture after fossil energy.
Summary: In Crisis and Opportunity, John E. Ikerd outlines the consequences of agricultural industrialization, then details the methods that can restore economic viability, ecological soundness, and social responsibility to our agricultural system and thus ensure sustainable agriculture as the foundation of a sustainable food system and a sustainable society.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-325).

Crisis and opportunity in American agriculture -- Why we should stop promoting industrial agriculture -- Corporate agriculture and family farms -- The corporatization of America -- Rediscovering agriculture and new hope for farming -- Farming in harmony with nature and society -- Reclaiming the sacred in food and farming -- Do we really need to define sustainable agriculture? -- Foundational principles of soils, stewardship, and sustainability -- Economics of sustainable farming -- The renaissance of rural America -- Walking the talk of sustainable agriculture -- Survival strategies for small farms -- Marketing in the niches for sustainability -- Local organic farms save farmland and communities -- The triple bottom line of farming in the future -- The real costs of globalization -- Redirecting government policies for agricultural sustainability -- The new American food system -- American agriculture after fossil energy.

In Crisis and Opportunity, John E. Ikerd outlines the consequences of agricultural industrialization, then details the methods that can restore economic viability, ecological soundness, and social responsibility to our agricultural system and thus ensure sustainable agriculture as the foundation of a sustainable food system and a sustainable society.

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CHOICE Review

Crisis and Opportunity is a compilation of essays written and presented over more than a decade by Ikerd (agricultural economics, Univ. of Missouri). The essays discuss what has occurred to bring American agriculture to its current state and the changes needed to improve it. Rather than being presented chronologically, the essays are arranged into categories that guide the reader through the industrialization of agriculture and toward an understanding of what sustainability is and how to achieve it. The overarching recommendation is movement toward societal change related to food production, processing, distribution, and consumption; innovation on the part of individual farmers; commitment from processors and distributors to support producers working toward sustainability; and conscious consumers willing to champion systemic change in agriculture. Though readers would benefit from the addition of specific examples as models of successful change and sustainability, the text clearly defines the crisis and opportunities present today in American agriculture. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, technical program students, and professionals. D. L. King University of Georgia

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John E. Ikerd is professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Sustainable Capitalism , A Return to Common Sense , and Small Farms are Real Farms.

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