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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Mulberry Knoll (July 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979210402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979210402
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Bosold on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you believe that agriculture can be, and should be, based upon sustainable food and livestock production, there's a practical new hands-on guide to how we can get there from where we are now: "A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture" by Francis Thicke, Ph.D.

Dr. Thicke puts a lifetime of hands-on farming experience, a Ph.D. in Soil Science and four years at the USDA to good use in "A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture," explaining the difference between industrial agriculture and ecological agriculture. He shows how sustainable farming, on-farm energy solutions and local and regional food systems can restore family farmers and family farming to their rightful place in our food production systems and in our state and national food and farm policies.

Dr. Thicke points out that we already have many innovative working farms and farmers that demonstrate how food and livestock production can increase diversity and resilience on the land, protect and rebuild our natural resource base, make a farm more energy self-sufficient, produce food for local communities and rebuild our rural communities. "A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture" lays out Dr. Thicke's vision for putting this approach to agriculture at center stage in government policy and in our state and national conversation about the future of food and farming.

In his foreward to "A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture," Dr. Frederick Kirschenmann (Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture) writes, "We have the opportunity in the decades ahead to design an agriculture that can be more economically, socially and ecologically resilient. That is the future to which Francis has dedicated himself--and so should we."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluestem on August 5, 2011
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How can we change the current system of agriculture? I'm not a farmer, but as like many consumers, I'm concerned about our food supply. I'm concerned about farming practices. Francis Thicke summarizes the current and historical state of ag with well researched statistics, and gives examples from his own organic sustainable farming operation about how these practices can be implemented now and in the future. He also outlines with statistical evidence how locally grown agriculture benefits the local economy, significantly more than the current commodity based ag system that dominates today. This is a book that sparks promise in our food future that doesn't have to be dominated with corn syrup and animal feed; it can be done with emphasis on our communities and with respect to the soil.
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Clear explanations of a gloomy future in Iowa farming, with a positive outlook towards solutions many farmers are moving towards.
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