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Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California (California Studies in Critical Human Geography #11)

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In an era of escalating food politics, many believe organic farming to be the agrarian answer. In this first comprehensive study of organic farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt on the current wisdom about organic food and agriculture, at least as it has evolved in the Golden State. Refuting popular portrayals of organic agriculture as a small-scale family farm ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 4th 2004 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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sdw
Oct 16, 2008 sdw rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-justice
This is a book that needed to be written. Gutham's focus is the organic industry in California. Her arguement is that size doesn't matter or that at least it doesn't matter as much as the "small is beautiful" agrarian ideal would have us believe. She says that the small-family farm does not guarantee food produced in a socially or environmentally just fashion. It is not enough to buy organic food but is also not enough to buy food produced by small-local farms (She prefaces all this by making it ...more
Elise Reich
Aug 14, 2015 Elise Reich rated it really liked it
Organic farming is just another liberal anti-human delusion. It has no scientific basis, just rhetoric and products that are more expensive but not as good as scientific agriculture.

The biggest problem with AgriBusiness in America isn't that giant corporations run them, but that SUBSIDIES have been keeping ineffective farmers and yokels out in the country producing things that nobody wants. Agricultural subsidies are one of the most ancient and hallowed of the New Deal attacks on the economy, an
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In this first comprehensive study of organic farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt on the current wisdom about organic food and agriculture, at least as it has evolved in the Golden State. Refuting popular portrayals of organic agriculture as a small-scale family farm endeavor in opposition to "industrial" agriculture, she explains how organic farming has replicated what it set out to oppose.
Phil Sacks
Jul 08, 2013 Phil Sacks rated it really liked it
Excellent though challenging read about the contradictions and omissions of the organic movement in California. At times the academic prose had me re-reading a given paragraph several times, and the economics confused me a bit, but Guthman is thoughtful and non-partisan in her examination of what and why growers choose organic production.
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Dec 04, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
Great, informative book on the standardization of Organics, and the driving movement which is making them more of an economic power... for better or worse. Interesting for anyone who is curious about this movement.
Jonny
Jan 24, 2008 Jonny rated it really liked it
interesting critique of organic ag, but seems a little self righteous and the whole CSA is the way to go conclusion is really weak. But the marxist critique of organics is really good.
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