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"The plowshare may well have destroyed more options for future generations than the sword," writes Wes Jackson in a review of practices that have brought U.S. agriculture to the edge of disaster. Tillage has hastened the erosion of irreplaceable topsoil everywhere and a technology based on fossil fuels has increased yields for short-term profits, leaving crops ever more vulnerable to diseases, pests, and droughts. Such, says Jackson, is "the failure of success." As high-technology agriculture becomes more wasteful and expensive, more farmers are being forced off the land or into bankruptcy.
 
Jackson's major solution calls for the development of plant combinations that yield food while holding the soil and re-newing its nutrients without plowing or applying fossil-fuel-based fertilizers or pesticides. His new way of raising crops, by working with the soil's natural systems, would keep the world's bread-basket producing perpetually.

About the Author

Wes Jackson and his wife, Dana, are directors of the Land Institute, a research and educational organization near Salina, Kansas, where they are currently breeding seed-producing perennials that could revolutionize world and American agriculture within fifty years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803275621
Foreword:
Berry, Wendell
Author:
Berry, Wendell
Foreword by:
Berry, Wendell
Foreword:
Berry, Wendell
Author:
Jackson, Wes
Author:
Berry, Wendell
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Sociology, rural
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Agricultural ecology
Subject:
Agricultural ecology -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Agriculture -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Number:
New ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Farming and Ranching
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
19850431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus
Pages:
151
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 0.55 lb

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