Part 2: However insightful it was, the organic vision that Howard and his peers, notably Lady Eve Balfour in England and J.I. Rodale in America, had outlined by 1950 was incompatible with the changes then transforming commercial agriculture. The components of this transformation were not all that new – chemically derived fertilizers and pesticides were introduced in the nineteenth century and hybrid seeds and mechanized tractors became commercially available during the 1920s.
In Claire Hope Cummings book, Uncertain Peril, she writes about the importance of preserving biodiversity, and native plant species.
From American Farmland Trust, a short video about what producing local food means to communities, and why it is so important a goal to accomplish. The American Farmland Trust is a non-profit organization that began with farmers and conservationists in 1980, whose central purpose is to protect valuable farmland from being lost. Working across Federal, […]
Claire Hope Cummings hones in upon the essential problems plaguing our food system: industrialized agriculture.
Has sustainability reached minute 14 in its 15 minutes of fame? Bringing knowledge to the surface of public awareness is an essential function of any political movement that wants to change the system. Over the past decade, the Local, Green, Sustainable and Slow Food movements have brought a shift in public thinking about food. For […]