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The essential agrarian reader : the future of culture, community, and the land
Wirzba, Norman.
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Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, [2003]

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xvii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The agrarian standard / Wendell Berry -- The resettling of America / Brian Donahue -- The mind-set of and old / Maurice Telleen -- Sustainable economic development: definitions, principles, policies / Herman E. Daly -- Placing the soul: an agrarian philosophical principle / Norman Wirzba -- The current state of agriculture: does it have a future? / Frederick Kirschenmann -- Globalization and the war against farmers and the land / Vandana Shiva -- The agrarian mind: mere nostalgia or a practical necessity? / Wes Jackson -- All flesh is grass: a hopeful look at the future of agrarianism / Gene Logsdon -- The uses of prophecy / David W. Orr -- Country and city: the common vision of agrarians and new urbanists / Benjamin E. Northrup and Benjamin J. Bruxvoort Lipscomb -- New agrarians: local innovators / Susan Witt -- The legal and legislative front: the fight against industrial agriculture / Hank Graddy -- Private property rights in land: an agrarian view / Eric T. Freyfogle -- Going to work / Wendell Berry.
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The agrarian outlook encourages readers to develop practices and policies that promote the health of land, community and culture. This collection features essays by leading agrarians.

Author Notes

Norman Wirzba, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department at Georgetown College

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Library Journal Review

Agrarianism, a set of values rooted in place and soil, is diametrically opposed to global industrialization and devastation. Instead, it strives to appreciate, understand, and care for the earth and its inhabitants. It also realizes that a sound food economy is based on sound farming practices. In this collection of eminently quotable and passionately argued essays, farmers, philosophers, scientists, and environmentalists look at the ways in which industrial agriculture, unchecked consumerism, and the squandering of natural resources have caused great harm. "I cannot imagine," writes David Orr, "a system built on exploitation, consumption, growth, and uniformity-however cleverly managed-as anything other than a prelude to ruin." Particularly inspiring in its celebration of existence is "Placing the Soul: An Agrarian Philosophy," by editor Wirzba (philosophy, Georgetown Coll.). Several of the pieces were originally speeches delivered at a 2002 conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of Wendell Berry's groundbreaking The Unsettling of America. Berry, of course, is represented here. While similar to the equally informative and thought-provoking The New Agrarianism, edited by Eric Freyfogle, The Essential Agrarian Reader is preferred for libraries with limited budgets as the contributors cover a wider range of topics, are leaders in their fields, and have lucid, expressive writing styles. Highly recommended.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Barbara KingsolverNorman WirzbaWendell BerryBrian DonahueMaurice TelleenHerman E. DalyNorman WirzbaFrederick KirschenmannVandana ShivaWes JacksonGene LogsdonDavid W. OrrBenjamin E. Northrup and Benjamin J. Bruxvoort LipscombSusan WittHank GraddyEric T. FreyfogleWendell Berry
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: Why Agrarianism Matters--Even to Urbanitesp. 1
Part 1 Agrarian Principles and Priorities
1. The Agrarian Standardp. 23
2. The Resettling of Americap. 34
3. The Mind-Set of Agrarianism ... New and Oldp. 52
4. Sustainable Economic Development: Definitions, Principles, Policiesp. 62
5. Placing the Soul: An Agrarian Philosophical Principlep. 80
Part 2 Assessing Our Situation
6. The Current State of Agriculture: Does It Have a Future?p. 101
7. Globalization and the War against Farmers and the Landp. 121
8. The Agrarian Mind: Mere Nostalgia or a Practical Necessity?p. 140
9. All Flesh Is Grass: A Hopeful Look at the Future of Agrarianismp. 154
10. The Uses of Prophecyp. 171
Part 3 Putting Agrarianism to Work
11. Country and City: The Common Vision of Agrarians and New Urbanistsp. 191
12. New Agrarians: Local Innovatorsp. 212
13. The Legal and Legislative Front: The Fight Against Industrial Agriculturep. 222
14. Private Property Rights in Land: An Agrarian Viewp. 237
15. Going to Workp. 259
Further Readingp. 267
Contributorsp. 271
Indexp. 273