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Planting the Future: Developing an Agriculture that Sustains Land and Community

Few people give a second thought to the source of their food and fiber. Fewer still pause to consider how agricultural practices affect the natural environment, farm families and communities. Yet, we face critical choices today that will determine the future character and ecological health of the rural landscape. Written for a wide audience, and especially for those involved in policymaking, this publication examines: different approaches to farming that protect nature while maintaining farming opportunities; and discusses what public action is needed to assist farmers in using more sustainable practices. Chapters describe the characteristics of conventional and sustainable farms, assess the socioeconomic impacts of different approaches, highlight research needed, and provide policy options. “Planting the Future” is the final report of a multi-state cooperative research effort in the U.S. Upper Midwest and Northern Plains regions.

  • Published: Dec 1998
  • Media Type: Book
  • Author: Bird, Elizabeth Ann /Bultena, Gordon /Gardner, John
  • Publisher: Iowa State University and Northwest Area Foundation
  • Publisher Info: Published 1995. 275 pages. 6" X 9", B & W tables and illustrations.
  • Price: Unknown
  • Order Info: Available from your local library via interlibrary loan, or directly from the Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development - Library Services, Edmonton.
  • Order Place: Check your local library or bookstore.