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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. A Future for the land : organic practice from a global perspective

    Bideford, England : Green Books, 1992.

    Against a background of mounting public concern over issues such as factory farming, water pollution from agricultural wastes and the use of pesticides and herbicides, this book brings together the views of leading writers, campaigners and politicians. Looking at the global and national environmental pictures, they show how sustainable agricultural policies can and must be developed if we are to restore the productivity of our land.

  3. The contested countryside : rural politics and land controversy in modern Britain

    London ; New York : I.B. Taurus ; New York : In the U.S.A. and Canada distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

    Life in rural Britain has changed beyond recognition since the beginning of the 20th century. Not only dramatic events such as the ban on hunting and mad cow disease but also the growth of the organic movement, changes in farming practices and increasing rural poverty have all had an effect on how we view the countryside and the people who live there. In "The Contested Countryside", the authors put contemporary rural issues in their historical context, which they argue is essential in order to see modern problems in a clearer light - and perhaps even find some solutions."The Contested Countryside" examines the historical background to some of the main controversies of contemporary rural life. The authors explore key elements of rural life, including the varying responses to animal disease from Biblical times to the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth, the relationship between farming methods and landscape preservation as well as organic farming, the role of the European Union and the truth about the Countryside Alliance. In the process they address the thorny question of whether the countryside can still support a rural population. "The Contested Countryside" is essential reading for anyone with an interest in 21st-century rural life in Britain.


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