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Nature as Measure: The Selected Essays of Wes Jackson

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Wes Jackson can teach us many things about the land, soil, and conservation, but what most resonates is this: The ecosphere is self-regulating, and as often as we attempt to understand it, we are not its builders, and our manuals will often be faulty. The only responsible way to learn the nuances of the land is to study the soil and vegetation in their natural state and ...more
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Published October 11th 2011 by Counterpoint (first published September 1st 2011)
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Paul Peters
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wes Jackson was my college biology teacher and track coach. Then we were drinking buddies at NC State in graduate school. Wes is one of the people who greatly influenced my life and remains a friend. Wes should have been a preacher but his gospel is the ecosystem but greatly influenced by the other one, no doubt. In my opinion he is a better speaker than writer, but that's not to say he isn't a great writer too. Maybe I should say he is a prophet rather than a preacher. He sees what others ...more
Trish Remley
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"What those interested in sustainable agriculture need always to keep before us are these questions: How are we going to run agriculture and culture on sunlight? What are we going to do when the oil is gone? What are we going to do to stop soil erosion? Ecosystem agriculture has answers to all of these questions. Molecular biology has few or none." Said in a nutshell by Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute located in Salina, KS since 1978. Introduced to Wes Jackson's ideas by Dr. Clark ...more
Lisa
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent argument for planting more perennials and creating more diversity in our farmlands. Some great points, which I will investigate further.
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Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wes Jackson has become one of my favorite agricultural writers. His style is lucid and easy to read. His points are clear and he does not mince words. Jackson takes a staunch stance against industrial agriculture and his arguments are strong. In this collection of essays, Jackson rails against what he refers to as “petroleum-based chemical agriculture” claiming that our reliance upon it is unsustainable as well as unethical.

However he reminds us that “no important change in ethics was ever
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I enjoyed this collection of essays by Wes Jackson but disagree with him that nature is the ultimate measure of our success in agriculture. I think the "garden" should be our standard and I think his work points to the fact that man can be an improver of raw nature.
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