By John E. Ikerd
With the decline of relations farms and rural groups and the increase of company farming and the ensuing environmental degradation, American agriculture is in difficulty. yet this obstacle deals the chance to reconsider agriculture in sustainable phrases. the following probably the most eloquent and influential proponents of sustainable agriculture explains what this suggests. those enticing essays describe what sustainable agriculture is, why it all started, and the way it could possibly be successful. jointly they represent a transparent and compelling imaginative and prescient for rebalancing the ecological, fiscal, and social dimensions of agriculture to satisfy the wishes of the current with no compromising the future. In challenge and chance, John E. Ikerd outlines the implications of agricultural industrialization, then information the tools which could restoration fiscal viability, ecological soundness, and social accountability to our agricultural procedure and therefore be certain sustainable agriculture because the beginning of a sustainable nutrition procedure and a sustainable society. (20081101)
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And spouses or children certainly have no place in a corporate business operation. The corporate producer can’t afford special considerations given to neighbors or community or to stewardship of the environment. Proﬁt margins are too thin in corporate agriculture. Contributions to civic or charitable causes must yield economic rewards in the form of fewer social or environmental constraints to the business. In addition, corporate agriculture must deny all ethical and moral responsibility for its actions.
There is growing evidence that in many other sectors of the Why We Should Stop Promoting Industrial Agriculture 27 economy the process of industrialization is slowing, stopping, and even reversing. 6 The agricultural media, both professional and popular, is ﬁlled with such forecasts for the future of agriculture. Tofﬂer contends that the forces of industrialization have run their course and are now reversing, the industrial model of economic progress is becoming increasingly obsolete, and the old notions of efﬁciency and productivity are no longer valid.
We must move beyond independence to build interdependent relationships of choice — relationships that are mutually supportive rather than mutually exploitative. But ﬁrst, we will have to become whole again. We will have to replace the broken and missing parts of ourselves and of society, but it won’t be nearly as difﬁcult as building from scratch. We don’t need to become completely independent in order to choose interdependence, but we do have to stop exploiting each other. We can’t become completely independent of our natural environment, but we Corporatization of America 47 must stop exploiting it.
Crisis & opportunity: sustainability in American agriculture by John E. Ikerd