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Organic Struggle: The Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in the United States (Food, Health, and the Environment)

Organic Struggle: The Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in the United States (Food, Health, and the Environment)

In the early 1970s, organic farming was an obscure agricultural practice, associated with the counterculture rather than commerce. Today, organic agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry; organic food can be found on the shelves of every supermarket in America. In Organic Struggle, Brian Obach examines the evolution of the organic movement in the United States, a movement that seeks to transform our system of agriculture and how we think about food. Obach analyzes why the organic movement developed as it did and evaluates its achievements and shortcomings. He identifies how divergent interests within the diverse organic coalition created vulnerabilities for the movement. In particular, he examines the ideological divide between those he calls the "spreaders," who welcome the wider market for organic food and want to work with both government and agribusiness, and the more purist "tillers," who see organic practices as part of a broader social transformation that will take place outside existing institutions. Obach argues that the movement's changing relationship with governmental institutions is crucial to understanding the trajectory of the organic sector. The government-run National Organic Program fostered dramatic growth and deep corporate penetration of the organic market. While many activists were disillusioned by changes in the organic industry that came with corporate and government involvement, Obach sees a failure in the essential market- based strategy adopted by the movement early in its history. He argues for a refocus on policy efforts that can reshape the agricultural system as a whole. Read More »

Mini Farming: The Ultimate Guide To Building A Self Sustainable Backyard Mini Farm And Growing Your Own Organic Food (Mini Farming For Beginners, Homesteading, Backyard Chickens)

Mini Farming: The Ultimate Guide To Building A Self Sustainable Backyard Mini Farm And Growing Your Own Organic Food (Mini Farming For Beginners, Homesteading, Backyard Chickens)

Mini Farming The Ultimate Guide To Building A Self Sustainable Backyard Mini Farm And Growing Your Own Organic Food Suburban or urban, you can have a backyard mini farm, so long as you have a little spare land. Even then, it is not how much land you have to spare, but how efficiently you use it. That is going to be the important factor to success. You may know it as: mini farming, micro farming, small-scale farm, or urban homestead. It is all about growing your own produce and becoming self sufficient with your own vegetation and livestock, if you have the space. In this book you'll learn:How to plan your mini farm.Understand the importance of your native environment and crop rotation.How to tackle pests and diseases and keep your soil nutritious.Decide which vegetables, fruits and herbs to grow by learning about companion planting and intercropping.Finally, learn about keeping livestock, such as chickens, goats or even bees. Download your copy of "Mini Farming" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now With 1-Click" button. Read More »

Growing Food in a Short Season: Sustainable, Organic Cold-Climate Gardening

Growing Food in a Short Season: Sustainable, Organic Cold-Climate Gardening

In Growing Food in a Short Season, Melanie J. Watts explains that with the right gardening practices the short northern summer can lead to an explosion of life, producing enough color and food to see anyone through the dark days of winter. Providing helpful hints and a wise gardening philosophy for a productive food garden, Watts begins at ground level with instruction on how to use compost and manure to create fertile soil that will lend its life to plants. A variety of seed options and planting methods are presented — including start times and placement — taking into account microclimates that occur in each garden as well as the benefits of companion planting. Additionally, plants that are easily grown in zones two and three are listed with concise how-to-grow information. Watts provides full chapters on garden maintenance and harvesting, as well as tips on cooking and preserving the bounty with great recipes that focus on eating seasonally. Read More »

New Good Food Pocket Guide, rev: Shopper’s Pocket Guide to Organic, Sustainable, and Seasonal Whole Foods

New Good Food Pocket Guide, rev: Shopper’s Pocket Guide to Organic, Sustainable, and Seasonal Whole Foods

This convenient pocket guide packs the knowledgeable information of the original whole foods bible into a concise, easy-to-carry format. Focusing mainly on core food products available at large-scale supermarkets and natural foods stores, easy-reference entries help shoppers navigate their many options when choosing organic, whole, local, and sustainably and ethically produced foods.  An updated pocket-size edition of the definitive guide to buying, storing, and preparing whole foods. Handy charts and tables summarize what's in season when. Organic food sales totaled nearly $17 billion in 2006, up 22 percent from the previous year, in the U.S. alone. Read More »

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