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  1. The origins of the organic movement

    Conford, Philip
    Edinburgh [Scotland] : Floris Books, 2001.

    With recent media hysteria and public concern about BSE and genetically-modified crops, we could be forgiven for thinking that the upsurge of interest in organic farming is a reflection of modern debate, and a vindication of what left-wing alternative groups have been advocating for years. However, in this first and authoritative history of twentieth century "green" culture, Philip Conford reveals that the early exponents of the organic movement actually belonged more to extreme right-wing, conservative groups, which were reacting to industrialization and the increasing threat to traditional country life, closely associated with socialist politics. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary sources, Conford chronicles the origins of the organic movement in Britain and America between the 1920s and 1960s, and offers a perceptive portrayal of an organization which believes implicitly in the positive acceptance of the natural order and its laws. The author demonstrates convincingly that organic farming is not a recent issue, and traces the evolution of this now thriving movement. With the recent EU directive banning animal products in animal feed, together with the public backlash against genetically-modified crops, this book provides powerful reinforcement to a debate that has raged for over a century, and which affects us all.

  2. Farming for health : green-care farming across Europe and the United States of America

    Dordrecht : Springer, ©2006.

    The utilization of agricultural farms as a base for promoting human health and social well-being is a promising development. Social farming appears as a dynamic scenario. This book contains scientific papers dealing with different aspects of Farming for Health. It also describes the situation in different countries.Farming for Health describes the use of farms, farm animals, plants and landscapes as a base for promoting human mental and physical health and social well-being. The book offers an overview of the development of `Farming for Health' initiatives across Europe, resulting from changing paradigms in health care and the demand for new social and financial activities in agriculture and rural areas. The contributors are drawn from a range of countries and disciplines.

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  3. Alternative agriculture

    Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1989.

    Case studies of eleven farming operations across the United States test the economic impacts of alternative agricultural practices such as integrated pest management, crop rotation, manure management, low-density animal production systems, and crop diversification. Impact of U.S. federal regulations and policies on alternative farming is also considered.

    Online EBSCO Academic Comprehensive Collection


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