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Altars Of Unhewn Stone: Science And The Earth

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A fresh and engaging look at some serious modern problems: the failure of the family farm, the erosion of soil and the decline in farm yields, and the accelerating and irrevocable loss of biological and cultural information.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by North Point Press
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Mila Paul
Wes Jackson is my hero. This book was the first revolutionary text I found before I read Michael Pollan or Bill McKibben. Jackson makes the reader think about the world in a different way, ecologically and in terms of society. A classic, and he's still alive!
Wes Jackson is one of the wise men of our time, but unfortunately one whose views are not been considered in how we grow our food. There is an active movement afoot however to inform the new administration of the other way of thinking. This book was first published in 1987, it is time.

Here is an excerpt from the chapter, "Farm Debt".
"If the government is interested in continuing to subsidize agriculture, it should concentrate on supporting the farmer as part of a rural community, instead of pass
It was humbling to read the thoughts of Wes Jackson: I felt kind of like a kid sitting at his grandfather's knee. This is a wise man who is sharing his insights. Jackson is like Wendell Berry's scientist brother, and, like Berry, has been a much-overlooked voice of social and environmental sanity for a long time. I had to keep reminding myself that this was written in the 1980s. The world would be a much better place if it were guided more by what Jackson has to tell us.
Reba Chin
I can't get over the fact that this book was written over 20 years ago! What he is saying regarding sustainability and agribusiness by extension is amazingly still relevant (obviously!) but seriously, where have we all been and why haven't we been paying attention to this issue!
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