- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: B&A Books; 1St Edition edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615421296
- ISBN-13: 978-0615421292
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beautiful and Abundant: Building the World We Want Hardcover – 2010
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This groundbreaking book cuts through the pessimism and denial that pervade today's discussions of sustainability and invites readers to visualize a verdant and prosperous future for humanity and all the living things that share our planet. As a practical guide, it offers a process for making our current lifestyles more sustainable and inspires us to look beyond the immediate obstacles to nurture the "destination fixation" that stimulates all humanity's greatest achievements. In the lives and accomplishments of farmers, gardeners, inventors and entrepreneurs, "Beautiful and Abundant" finds a path toward a world vision we can proudly pass on to future generations - a vision that is aesthetically beautiful, economically abundant, ethically fair and irresistibly contagious. Humanity is at a turning point. Only one species in the universe can recognize its own impact on its habitat, so far as we know, and we are that species. In the early years of the 21st Century we face the definitive human challenge - sustaining our quality of life on this miraculous, but finite sphere we call Earth. Tragically, a lot of human energy is being squandered in conflict over short-term environmental obstacles. People debate symptoms and solutions but societies persistently fail to offer positive incentives for change. To harness the full power of human imagination and community initiative we need a positive vision for humanity's future. We need a believable collective vision for the beautiful, abundant planet where our grandchildren will live. What people are saying: "This is a book that invites us all to cut through the negativity of doomsday prophets and other 'progressive' thinkers. ... Bryan Welch is a rare business leader who writes prose that is nuanced, eloquent and visionary. This luminous call to action will inspire you. ... It happened to me." - Wanda Urbanska, author of "The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life"
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I have just two criticisms:
First, as others have pointed out, much of the book is a justification of the author's lifestyle. He compares his free range meat production with monoculture vegetable production (e.g. of soybeans) and concludes that meat eating is good for the planet. This comparison is unfair, because he compares the very best of one production with the very worst of another; his very rare free range production (only a tiny fraction of U.S. meat is produced this way) with the very worst of vegetable production (monoculture). If I compared my back yard vegetable garden with a CAFO, then vegetable production would certainly come out on top.
The other criticism is his one brief mention of his "fairness": "I don't hire illegal aliens." This apparent non sequitur betrays a profound ignorance of immigration law. If you want to be fair, you _should_ try to hire undocumented workers (by the way, no human being is "illegal"). Only relatively rich foreigners can get visas to come to the U.S.; the poor laborers are left out, and that is inherently unfair.
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I spend a lot of time thinking about what I/we need to do to create the kind of world I want to leave for my children. And this book gave me hope.Read more