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Theologian, academic, and third-generation organic 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. Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher documents Kirschenmann’s evolution and his lifelong contributions to the new agrarianism in a collection of his greatest writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. Working closely with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his intellectual and spiritual journey. In a unique blend of personal history, philosophical discourse, spiritual ruminations, and practical advice, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with discussion of contemporary agrarian topics. This collection serves as an invaluable resource to agrarian scholars and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose work has profoundly influenced modern thinking about food.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. PART 1. Working at Home: Lessons from Kirschenmann Family Farms
  2. p. 13
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  1. Theological Reflections while Castrating Calves
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. On Behalf of American Farmers
  2. pp. 22-26
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  1. Pilgrimage to a Barnyard
  2. pp. 27-29
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  1. Low-Input Farming in Practice: Putting a System Together and Making It Work
  2. pp. 30-39
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  1. A Transcendent Vision
  2. pp. 40-47
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  1. Expanding the Vision of Sustainable Agriculture
  2. pp. 48-62
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  1. The Role of Independent Beef Producers in Rural Development
  2. pp. 63-65
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  1. Foreword to Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches
  2. pp. 66-70
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  1. On Being an “Objective” Farmer
  2. pp. 71-77
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  1. Being at Home
  2. pp. 78-91
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  1. The Pleasure of Good Eating
  2. pp. 92-95
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  1. Is Sustainability in Our Energy Future?
  2. pp. 96-98
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  1. A Journey toward Sustainability
  2. pp. 99-117
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  1. PART 2. Cracks in the Bridges: Inspecting the Industrial Food System
  2. p. 119
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  1. On Learning to Farm Ecologically on the Prairie
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. Can Organic Agriculture Feed the World? And Is That the Right Question?
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. Biotechnology on the Ground: What Kind of Future Can Farmers Expect, and What Kind Should They Create?
  2. pp. 153-160
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  1. Questioning Biotechnology’s Claims and Imagining Alternatives
  2. pp. 161-177
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  1. Why American Agriculture Is Not Sustainable
  2. pp. 178-187
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  1. What Constitutes Sound Science?
  2. pp. 188-203
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  1. And Then What?: Attending to the Context of Our Innovations
  2. pp. 204-213
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  1. Food as Relationship
  2. pp. 214-225
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  1. Is the USDA Accounting for the Costs to Farmers from Contamination Caused by Genetically Engineered Plants?
  2. pp. 226-234
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  1. Placing the Pew Commission Report in Context
  2. pp. 235-237
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  1. Redefining Sustainability: From “Greening” to Enhancing Capacity for Self-Renewal
  2. pp. 238-240
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  1. PART 3. Envisioning an Alternative Food and Farming System
  2. p. 241
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  1. What’s an Education For?
  2. pp. 243-247
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  1. Resolving Conflicts in American Land-Use Values: How Organic Farming Can Help
  2. pp. 248-254
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  1. What About the Next Twenty Years?: Or “It’s Turtles All the Way Down”
  2. pp. 255-261
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  1. Rediscovering American Agriculture
  2. pp. 262-270
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  1. Spirituality and Cooperatives
  2. pp. 271-278
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  1. In Search of Objectivity, or How to Create a Credible Certification Program
  2. pp. 279-283
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  1. On Becoming Lovers of the Soil
  2. pp. 284-289
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  1. Challenges Facing Philosophy as We Enter the Twenty-first Century: Reshaping the Way the Human Species Feeds Itself
  2. pp. 290-305
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  1. A Pig’s Tale: Marketing Stories for New Value Chains
  2. pp. 306-316
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  1. A Bright Future for “Farmers of the Middle”
  2. pp. 317-321
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  1. Revitalizing Rural Communities: How Churches Can Help
  2. pp. 322-335
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  1. Rethinking Food
  2. pp. 336-341
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  1. Using What We Know to Make a Difference
  2. pp. 342-357
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 358-359
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 361-386
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 387-394
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 395-403
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813173733
Related ISBN
9780813125787
MARC Record
OCLC
670228893
Pages
420
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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