- Series: California Studies in Critical Human Geography (Book 11)
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (August 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520240952
- ISBN-13: 978-0520240957
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California (California Studies in Critical Human Geography) 0th Edition
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"Agrarian Dreams puts organic agriculture in a broad intellectual, social, and theoretical context in a readable way. Nobody has written at this scale and scope about organics. The availability of this basic data and interpretation will open discussion to a broad range of citizens, scholars, and decision makers. This is an outstanding work."Sally K. Fairfax, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, University of California, Berkeley
"Guthman takes on the sacred cow of organic agriculture: that farmers and consumers can transform our food system simply through by adopting new philosophies of eating, farming and nature. With an analysis that is at the forefront of agrarian theory today, she shows that organic farmers, no matter what their philosophy, have to work under the economic gun of markets and land prices. As a result, organic growers in California are forced to become increasingly industrialized, unjust and unhealthy. Her analysis is proof that it will take more than new kinds of thinking to create sustainability in our food system."Melanie DuPuis, author of Nature's Perfect Food: How Milk Became America's Drink
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Seems to be well researched and gives a good historical background.
Midwest Independent Research, educational websites. Alternative agriculture, mwir-alternativeag.blogspot. There are book lists here.
The intertwined history of growers and certifiers is leagues from the traditionally rosy image of organics without turning into a screed. This makes the book very provocative, and if it weren't for the occasional bursts of academic prose, it might have found a much wider audience. In a roundabout way, it did though: it clearly influenced Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma.