Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted

Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the story of three unconventional farmers, an African-American dairy farmer in Texas, a rancher in New Mexico trying to restore agriculture's role in his community, and a family in North Dakota that is breeding new plants.

Perseus Publishing
A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. Lisa M. Hamilton asks: Why not look to the people who grow our food?

Hamilton makes this vital inquiry through the stories of three unconventional farmers: an African-American dairyman in Texas who plays David to the Goliath of agribusiness corporations; a tenth-generation rancher in New Mexico struggling to restore agriculture as a pillar of his crumbling community; and a modern pioneer family in North Dakota who is breeding new varieties of plants to face the future’s double threat: Monsanto and global warming. Threads of history and discussion weave through the tales, exploring how farmers have been pushed to the margins of agriculture and transformed from leaders to laborers.

These unusual characters and their surprising stories make the case that in order to correct what has gone wrong with the food system, we must first bring farmers back to the table.


Baker
& Taylor

A narrative report adds a critical perspective to the national discussion about where our food comes from, exploring key issues as perceived by everyday food growers from a Texas dairyman who battles agribusiness corporations to a tenth-generation rancher in New Mexico who struggles to restore his community's agriculture.

Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009
ISBN: 9781593761806
1593761805
Branch Call Number: 338.10973 H1806d 2009
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 22 cm

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Aug 30, 2017

Thoughtfully and beautifully written, the reader learns how three courageous farmers and their communities are managing to hold onto their farming heritages in the age of large agribusiness.

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