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Becoming Native to This Place Paperback – October 1, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Wes Jackson describes a growing perspective that we need to interact symbiotically with the earth rather than considering the earth a "resource" at our disposal. He mixes philosophy with actual personal experiences to further illustrate the story.
The fact that he began the Land Use Institute in Kansas and is still and active participant lends credibility to his dialog.
Part of the problem is that the title is hopeful, but the book reads like more of a wandering lament or critique of our situation for which the author ultimately has no compelling answers.
That said, the first chapters do provide some useful information on the history of agriculture in the US and the Soviet Union. Particularly interesting is his view that the failure of Soviet agriculture (because much of it was based upon Communist ideology, including ideas about plant heredity) produced in the West the contrary view that philosophy should have no bearing whatsoever on agriculture. Jackson does want philosophy and moral reflection to influence our thinking about agriculture, but he still leaves us ungrounded in any worldview that can provide moral compulsion for care of the earth.
Skip this book in favor of any of the following:
Living at Nature's Pace, Farming and the American Dream, by Gene Logsdon
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, by Wendell Berry
The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
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it's very interesting. thought provoking...most books are but this one is really good. theres history, genetics, culture, etc. very good.Published on August 21, 2013 by Victoria Kantargis
During this period of history, perhaps as had always been , the sense of belonging to a place is a kind of lost concept. Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Aydin Ayten