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Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer by Fred Kirschenmann, Constance L. Falk

By Fred Kirschenmann, Constance L. Falk

Theologian, educational, and third-generation natural farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural philosopher. within the final thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the rules of sustainability and has develop into a legend in his personal right.Cultivating an Ecological moral sense: Essays from a Farmer thinker records Kirschenmann's evolution and his lifelong contributions to the hot agrarianism in a suite of his maximum writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. operating heavily with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his highbrow and religious trip. In a distinct mixture of non-public background, philosophical discourse, non secular ruminations, and sensible recommendation, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with dialogue of latest agrarian subject matters. This assortment serves as a useful source to agrarian students and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose paintings has profoundly inspired glossy pondering nutrition.

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S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Michael had invited farmers, ranchers, animal scientists, and activists to review the draft standards he had created. When we got to the section dealing with castration, his proposed standard called for ranchers to use local anesthesia before initiating castration. , a well-known cattle rancher from Colorado, and we smiled at each other as we contemplated this seemingly rational requirement. I told Michael that I fully supported his intent to reduce the calf’s pain, but in my humble opinion, the greatest discomfort to the calf (provided the procedure was done professionally) was not the quick incision necessary to perform the castration but being confined in a squeeze chute to perform the procedure.

Farmers have no way of influencing prices in relation to the actual costs of production or of passing their increased costs along to consumers. Farmers interpret these realities as subsidizing the rest of the nation with cheap food so that an inflation-ridden populace can escape some of the consequences of a shrinking dollar. Farmers have no one to champion their cause in this squeeze. Laborers have their unions, businesses have their conglomerates, and professionals have their associations. Each has the muscle to demand some annual increments to offset some of the inflationary pinch.

Sustainable practices require constant attention to new ways of responding to the same problems as well as a lifelong commitment to nurturing the system. A third pitfall to avoid is the temptation to change techniques without changing systems. Some farmers may construe new approaches to farming as simply adapting new techniques to what they have always done. That will not work in developing a sustainable system. Putting a sustainable system into practice involves a complex set of interconnections.

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