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Cultivating and Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher
Theologian, academic, and certified Biodynamic farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural thinker. In the last thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the principles of sustainability and has become a legend in his own right. Kirschenmann was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Biodynamic National Conference. Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a ...more
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published March 21st 2010 by University Press of Kentucky
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A hard book to rate, because Kirschenmann covers so much ground and so many years. His material ranges from more intro-ENVS to the ultra-specific, like if to castrate pigs when they are sedated. I really wanted more of the latter, partially because those kinds of stories make me want to learn more, rather than the less specific "we can fix the system" message than many environmentalists shout that isn't very motivating. Overall, I could tell Kirschenmann was a really smart dude with a lot of sma ...more
Farmer-philosopher Frederick Kirschenmann's Cultivating an Ecological Conscience is a collection of thoughtful essays about the "ethical and practical principles" of developing a sustainable agricultural system. Drawing on his experiences as a theologian and a farmer, he delivers a series of measured arguments that a shift to more sustainable agriculture is a necessary change. As I mentioned in my Monday Musing, this was a welcome break from the rhetoric some other authors depend on. It is clear ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Happyreader marked it as to-read
Frederick Kirschenmann’s talk at the 2008 FamilyFarmed Expo was an expo highlight for me and he very generously e-mailed me many more resources after the talk. I imagine that any book of his will be informed and inspirational. The book will include his article Food as Relationship published last year in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition From that article: "Today, we are discovering the dysfunctional aspects of our tendency to reduce food to a thing rather than appreciating it as ...more
Some powerful stories to have discussions around. He brings to the table many thought provoking ideas and assumptions. Many are assumptions tossed around today and Fred puts them in a sound light. A theologian and farmer, he brings wonderful insights forward in his book. With so much emphasis on where our food comes from, these essays and much to the conversation.