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Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture

Kimbrell (Ed.), Andrew

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ISBN 10: 1559639407 / ISBN 13: 9781559639408
Published by Island Press, Washington DC, 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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396 pages, illustrated in color. Large volume, approximately 12" square. Dust jacket with light edgewear, otherwise very good. Record # 405261. Bookseller Inventory # 405261

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Title: Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial ...

Publisher: Island Press, Washington DC

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Fatal Harvest takes an unprecedented look at our current ecologically destructive agricultural system and offers a compelling vision for an organic and environmentally safer way of producing the food we eat. It includes more than 250 profound and startling photographs and gathers together more than 40 essays by leading ecological thinkers including Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, David Ehrenfeld, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, and Gary Nabhan. Its scope and photo-driven approach provide a unique and invaluable antidote to the efforts by agribusiness to obscure and disconnect us from the truth about industrialized foods. The book's many photographs and essays offer graphic testimony to the tragic consequences of how our food is produced. Readers will come to see that industrial food production is indeed a "fatal harvest" - fatal to consumers, as pesticide residues and new disease vectors such as E. coli and "mad cow disease" find their way into our food supply; fatal to our landscapes, as chemical runoff from factory farms polson our rivers and groundwater; fatal to genetic diversity, as farmers rely increasingly on high-yield monocultures and genetically engineered crops; and fatal to our farm communities, which are wiped out by huge corporate farms. As it exposes the ecological and social impacts of industrial agriculture's fatal harvest, the book also details a new ecological and humane vision for agriculture. It shows how millions of people are engaged in the new politics of food as they work to develop a better alternative to the current chemically fed and biotechnology-driven system. Designed to aid the movement to reform industrial agriculture, Fatal Harvest will inform and influence the activists, farmers, policymakers, and consumers who are seeking a safer and more sustainable food future. The Fatal Harvest Reader brings together in an affordable paperback edition the essays included in Fatal Harvest, offering a concise overview of the failings of industrial agriculture and approaches to creating a more healthful and sustainable food system.

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Andrew Kimbrell is a public interest attorney, activist, and author whose books include The Human Body Shop (HarperCollins, 1993) and The Masculine Mystique (Ballantine, 1995). He is founder of the International Center for Technology Assessment and the Center for Food Safety, and in 1994 was named by Utne Reader as one of the world's leading 100 visionaries.

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