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Good Growing: Why Organic Farming Works

by Leslie A. Duram (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
There is no doubt about Professor Duram's predilections. Based on interviews and
extensive examination of existing research, organic farming is good
business--economically, ecologically, socially, and personally. In truth, the
statistics are impressive for this once supposedly hippie vocation; for
instance, the profession has realized a 20 percent increase yearly for some
time. And 70 percent of Americans have purchased at least one organic product.
Duram carefully compares costs of regular with organic farming, looking at both
scientific and humanistic benefits from no utilization of pesticides to a
decrease in farmers' debt. Perhaps the most intriguing section is the in-depth
focus on five organic farming families, most of whom began as conventional
agriculture workers. How to sustain it? By setting reasonable and clear
standards, through advocacy, conducting research, protecting owners (and
consumers) from corporate interests, and passing appropriate national and state
policies. Barbara Jacobs

"Altogether, Duram makes an excellent case for this rural ideal. Her work should
be of interest to those looking for a resource that brings together much of the
existing organic farming research, and to those who find individual narratives
valuable for uncovering the reality of organic farming. At the same time, Duram
raises several questions that point out the gaps in our knowledge and the need
for further research and a better understanding of the different types of
agriculture that currently exist."-Lisa M. B. Harrington, Agriculture and Human
Values (Lisa M. B. Harrington Agriculture and Human Values 03/16/2006)

"The pragmatic use of . . . real-life examples increases the relevance and
realism of the findings and enhances the credibility of the conclusion that
organic production is a viable alternative."-Lorna Holland, Experimental
Agriculture (Lorna Holland Experimental Agriculture 08/19/2005)

"The book is littered with interesting portraits of organic farmers discussing
the realities of their way of life, and backed up with an extensive directory of
organizations across the world for people interested in learning more or lending
support."-Sarah McCarthy, Ecologist (Sarah McCarthy Ecologist (London) )

"Plant this book in the hands of students and in the minds of consumers. The
yield will surprise everyone."-Bob Scowcroft, Organic Farming Research
Foundation (Bob Scowcroft )

"Organic farming has gone from `crunchy' to `corporate' because it's a win-win
for consumers, family farmers, and the environment. Strict new standards and a
strong labeling law have helped define the organic standard, and consumers are
buying more organic products than ever before. It is the fastest growing sector
of agriculture, and as consumers choose organics, they are investing in the
future of our nation's family farms. Good Growing will help the reader
understand the value of organic farming."-U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (Patrick
Leahy )

Product Details

Paperback: 251 pages
Publisher: Bison Books (March 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0803266480



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