The Global History of Organic Farming

The Global History of Organic Farming
Author: Gregory A. Barton
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-02-02
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780192542595

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Organic farming is a major global movement that is changing land-use and consumer habits around the world. This book tells the untold story of how the organic farming movement nearly faltered after an initial flurry of scientific interest and popular support. Drawing on newly-unearthed archives, Barton argues that organic farming first gained popularity in an imperial milieu before shifting to the left of the political spectrum after decolonization and served as a crucial middle stage of environmentalism. Modern organic protocols developed in British India under the guidance of Sir Albert Howard before spreading throughout parts of the British Empire, Europe, and the USA through the advocacy of his many followers and his second wife Louise. Organic farming advocates before and during World War II challenged the industrialization of agriculture and its reliance on chemical fertilizers. They came tantalizingly close to influencing government policy. The decolonization of the British Empire, the success of industrial agriculture, and the purging of holistic ideas from medicine side-lined organic farming advocates who were viewed increasingly as cranks and kooks. Organic farming advocates continued to spread their anti-chemical farming message through a small community that deeply influenced Rachel Carson's ideas in Silent Spring, a book that helped to legitimize anti-chemical concerns. The organic farming movement re-entered the scientific mainstream in the 1980s only with the reluctant backing of government policy. It has continued to grow in popularity ever since and explains why organic farming continues to inspire those who seek to align agriculture and health.

The Global History of Organic Farming

The Global History of Organic Farming
Author: Gregory Allen Barton
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018
Genre: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
ISBN: 0191851183

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This book uncovers the untold history of the organic farming movement and its massive impact on the world of agriculture and society; how it changed our consumer habits and our ethics, pointing back to the inspiration of the agricultural past, and demanding that we think about how our food is grown and the effect our daily habits have on nature.

Organic Farming

Organic Farming
Author: William Lockeretz
Publsiher: CABI
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2007-01-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 9781845932893

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This book discusses organic farming with regards to the origins and principles, policies and markets, organizations and institutions, and future concepts.

The Global History of Organic Farming

The Global History of Organic Farming
Author: Gregory Allen Barton
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2018
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780199642533

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Roots of the organic challenge -- The cultural soil of organic farming -- Albert Howard and the world as Shropshire -- The Howards in India -- The search for pre-modern wisdom -- The compost wars -- To the empire and beyond -- The globalization of organic farming -- The 1980s to the present -- Organic farming and the challenge of globalization

Rebels for the Soil

Rebels for the Soil
Author: Matthew Reed
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2010-09-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 9781136531866

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This book investigates the emergence of organic food and farming as a social movement. Using the tools of political sociology it analyzes and explains how both people and ideas have shaped a movement that from its inception aimed to change global agriculture. Starting from the British Empire in the 1930's, where the first trans-national roots of organic farming took hold, through to the internet-mediated social protests against genetically modified crops at the end of the twentieth century, the author traces the rise to prominence of the movement. As well as providing a historical account, the book explains the movement's on-going role in fostering and organising alternatives to the dominant intensive and industrial forms of agriculture, such as promoting local food produce and animal welfare. By considering it as a trans-national movement from its inception, aiming at cultural and social change, the book highlights what is unique about the organic movement and why it has risen only relatively recently to public attention. The author reports original research findings, focusing largely on the English-speaking world. The work is grounded in academic enquiry and theory, but also provides a narrative through which the movement can be understood by the more general interested reader.

Tomorrow s Table

Tomorrow s Table
Author: Pamela C. Ronald,R. W. Adamchak
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2010-01-08
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780199742424

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By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production. Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems. This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

The World of Organic Agriculture

The World of Organic Agriculture
Author: Minou Yussefi-Menzler
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2010-09-23
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781136535239

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The new edition of this annual publication (previously published solely by IFOAM and FiBL) documents recent developments in global organic agriculture. It includes contributions from representatives of the organic sector from throughout the world and provides comprehensive organic farming statistics that cover surface area under organic management, numbers of farms and specific information about commodities and land use in organic systems. The book also contains information on the global market of the burgeoning organic sector, the latest developments in organic certification, standards and regulations, and insights into current status and emerging trends for organic agriculture by continent from the worlds foremost experts. For this edition, all statistical data and regional review chapters have been thoroughly updated. Completely new chapters on organic agriculture in the Pacific, on the International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture and on organic aquaculture have been added. Published with IFOAM and FiBL

Organic Agriculture

Organic Agriculture
Author: Jack L. Roberts
Publsiher: Twenty-First Century Books
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2011-10-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9780761380757

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This book examines the history of the organic movement. it provides a variety of studies, reporting, and opinions from scientists, farmers, activists, agribusiness leaders, journalists, consumer groups, and ordinary Americans.