Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer by Frederick L. Kirschenmann

By Frederick L. Kirschenmann

Author note: Constance L. Falk (Editor]

Theologian, educational, and third-generation natural farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural philosopher. within the final thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the rules of sustainability and has turn into a legend in his personal right.

Cultivating an Ecological sense of right and wrong: Essays from a Farmer thinker records Kirschenmann's evolution and his lifelong contributions to the hot agrarianism in a set of his maximum writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. operating heavily with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his highbrow and non secular trip. In a different mixture of private historical past, philosophical discourse, religious ruminations, and functional recommendation, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with dialogue of latest agrarian themes. This assortment serves as a useful source to agrarian students and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose paintings has profoundly prompted smooth brooding about food.

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Among them are the challenges of rebuilding the soil to produce food that is more nutritious, adopting styles of farming that will consume less energy, farming without using toxic chemicals, and developing effective conservation practices to protect the soil against wind and water erosion. Since returning to the farm I have become keenly aware of the economic issues that have given rise to recent farmer protests. This problem is best illustrated by making a trip to a farm equipment store to compare the cost of essential parts with the current price of grain.

Because monoculture also invites weed, insect, and fungus problems, new markets for chemical companies were created. Growing Up Close to the Soil I appreciated the personal space growing up on the farm, and I always enjoyed the solitude of getting on a tractor and being close to the earth. The richness of the soil, especially when worked in the spring, had a profound influence on me. My dad’s near-obsession with preventing our land from eroding was ingrained into me as a child. As I grew older, he passed on to me his sense of wonder for the miracle of the soil’s productivity, and a profound sense of responsibility to care for it.

A lot of lip service was paid to connecting one’s Sunday experience in church to our business dealings in everyday life, but in terms of actual behavior this was not always the case. The church was the receptacle of our Russian German culture, a place where tradition was to be preserved at all costs. I was one of the young radicals who fought hard for church services to be conducted in English rather than German. English had long replaced German as the primary language spoken in the marketplace.

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