Written by Stephanie Anderson
Narrated by Aven Shore
Bold and hard-hitting, but with an intimate tone grounded in the author’s own deep agriculture connections and family history, this book talks about everything that is broken in modern agriculture, how it got that way, and explores at length how we might fix it.
The devastating disconnect of the modern agriculture industry from natural processes happened exceedingly rapidly, and Stephanie Anderson traces that history. She visits and interviews several farmers who are boldly striking out to model a new type of agriculture on their own terms, to reach far beyond the cliched word “sustainability” to rebuilding. Rebuilding quality lives for farmers, rebuilding trust and relationships with those who eat, rebuilding America’s soil, and making foods nutrient-rich again.
If you care about agriculture, farmers, ecology, or just care about where your food comes from, you just might love this book at much as I do. It reads like the Omnivore’s Dilemma – a journalistic memoir, and is both an incredibly timely analysis of how everything got so profoundly broken and a ray of hope. Right now, farmers are being forced into desperate choices or being forced off their farms due to the industrial ag machine, but trailblazers are also, right now, living alternatives.
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