The Resource Barnyards and Birkenstocks : why farmers and environmentalists need each other, Don Stuart

Barnyards and Birkenstocks : why farmers and environmentalists need each other, Don Stuart

Label
Barnyards and Birkenstocks : why farmers and environmentalists need each other
Title
Barnyards and Birkenstocks
Title remainder
why farmers and environmentalists need each other
Statement of responsibility
Don Stuart
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Rural America is struggling. The average farmer is now 57 years old. Family agriculture is gradually fading, leading to declines in related industries. Food sources--increasingly anonymous, industrial, and international--are also less secure. Despite these concerns, many communities regularly convert prime farmland to environmentally harmful applications. Yet food cultivation, too, has profound ecological consequences. Working agriculture occupies fully half of the total U.S. land base, and farms consume eighty percent of the nation's water. Although they often prevent sprawling development, improve water quality, or provide wildlife habitat, they also pollute rivers, drain wetlands, or emit destructive greenhouse gasses. Don Stuart believes these two dangerous trends--the loss of farms and damage to ecosystems--are connected, and that a major cause is the political deadlock between farmers and environmental activists. Instead of achieving a reasonable balance, this stalemate stalls funding for incentive programs and prevents progress toward essential regulations. Stuart offers a radical proposal: collaboration would advance the economic needs of one group while furthering the conservation efforts of the other. With a goal of promoting understanding, he presents opposing perspectives on topics such as incentives, regulations, government spending, environmental markets, growth management, climate change, public lands grazing, and the Federal Farm Bill. He points out costs of continued political impasse. Finally, drawing from a lifetime spent settling conflicts, he identifies characteristics of successful community programs to suggest a model for a prosperous, healthy future.--Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
333.760973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GE197
LC item number
.S778 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Barnyards and Birkenstocks : why farmers and environmentalists need each other, Don Stuart
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • glg
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the Cherry Valley dairy -- The farm-environmental paradox -- Farmland, why we lose it and where it goes -- Agriculture's environmental risks -- Opportunities lost when farms disappear -- Voluntary incentives : pro and con -- Regulations : pro and con -- Choosing between incentives and regulations -- Taxes and government spending -- Environmental markets -- Local food, consumer influence, and farmer privacy -- Choosing between zoning and conservation easements -- Climate change -- Livestock, the public lands and the environment -- The federal farm bill -- Tools for dialogue : the common ground -- Two visions for the future of agriculture and the environment
Control code
ocn882463715
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9780874223224
Lccn
2014017376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024460970
Other physical details
illustrations
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.b33789058
System control number
  • (OCoLC)882463715
  • md33789058

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