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All Flesh Is Grass: Pleasures & Promises Of Pasture Farming

by Gene Logsdon (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
*Starred Review* Logsdon, an Ohio farmer who has written more than 20 books,
brings his gentle iconoclasm to the case against the grain feeding of livestock
in favor of pasture farming. His arguments against grain feeding: the too-heavy
investment in machinery for sowing and harvesting of grain, the need for
pesticides to protect monocultural grain crops, the environmental costs required
to haul grain to livestock farmers, storage costs, the need to dispose of manure
from livestock feedlots, and the steep labor costs to manage all of this. His
arguments for pasturing: "The animals do the harvesting, apply their manure for
fertilizer, and eat most of the weeds." As it has for years, Logsdon's
conversational style makes his material immediately appealing, but there is also
solid advice on how to pasture various kinds of livestock (cattle, sheep, goats,
hogs, horses, mules, donkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys), how to
rotate grass crops, which grasses work best, how to water livestock, how to
incorporate some grains into the animals' diets, and which fences make for the
best neighbors. A deceptively important book for the working, the would-be, and
the armchair farmer alike.

"In an era of growing concerns about our food, Gene Logsdon offers a practical
way to steer American agriculture in a direction that ensures a livelihood for
family farmers, takes care of the land, and provides fresh, healthy food for
all. Over the years, industrial farming methods and grain-based livestock
operations have led to the decline of family farm agriculture. All Flesh is
Grass is a how-to manifesto for family farmers and food activists alike
committed to taking back control of our food and farms."—Willie Nelson,
President and Founder, Farm Aid

"All Flesh is Grass explains the immense benefits of taking our livestock out of
the feedlots and raising them in a natural setting on their native diets. It's
all there: the history, the politics, the practices, and the passion."

Product Details

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Swallow Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804010692



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