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Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Agrarian Dreams throws a cold shower of reality over the dream of organic agriculture in California, demonstrating all that is lost when organic farming goes industrial. This is a challenging book, and until we can answer the hard questions Julie Guthman poses, a genuinely sustainable agriculture will elude us."—Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

"Agrarian Dreams puts organic agriculture in a broad intellectual, social, and theoretical context in a readable way. Nobody has written at this scale and scope about organics. The availability of this basic data and interpretation will open discussion to a broad range of citizens, scholars, and decision makers. This is an outstanding work."—Sally K. Fairfax, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, University of California, Berkeley

"Guthman takes on the sacred cow of organic agriculture: that farmers and consumers can transform our food system simply through by adopting new philosophies of eating, farming and nature. With an analysis that is at the forefront of agrarian theory today, she shows that organic farmers, no matter what their philosophy, have to work under the economic gun of markets and land prices. As a result, organic growers in California are forced to become increasingly industrialized, unjust and unhealthy. Her analysis is proof that it will take more than new kinds of thinking to create sustainability in our food system."—Melanie DuPuis, author of Nature's Perfect Food: How Milk Became America's Drink

Synopsis:

In an era of escalating food politics, many believe organic farming to be the agrarian answer. In this first comprehensive study of organic farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt on the current wisdom about organic food and agriculture, at least as it has evolved in the Golden State. Refuting popular portrayals of organic agriculture as a small-scale family farm endeavor in opposition to "industrial" agriculture, Guthman explains how organic farming has replicated what it set out to oppose.

About the Author

Julie Guthman is Associate Professor of Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Tables

List of Abbreviations

Acknowledgments

Maps

1. Agrarian Dreams

2. Finding the Way: Roads to Organic Production

3. Organic Farming: Ideal Practices and Practical Ideals

4. California Dreaming: Californias Agro-Industrial Legacy

5. Organic Sediment: A Geography of Organic Production

6. Conventionalizing Organic: From Social Movement to Industry via Regulation

7. Organic Regulation Ramified

8. The Agrarian Answer?

Appendix

Notes

Glossary of Key Terms

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240957
Subtitle:
The Paradox of Organic Farming in California
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Guthman, Julie
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy
Subject:
Organic farming
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Organic farming -- California.
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
California Studies in Critical Human Geography
Series Volume:
11
Publication Date:
20040804
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps, 15 tables
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 0.13 lb

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Americana » General
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Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Agronomy
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Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Organic
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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In an era of escalating food politics, many believe organic farming to be the agrarian answer. In this first comprehensive study of organic farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt on the current wisdom about organic food and agriculture, at least as it has evolved in the Golden State. Refuting popular portrayals of organic agriculture as a small-scale family farm endeavor in opposition to "industrial" agriculture, Guthman explains how organic farming has replicated what it set out to oppose.
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