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Read online Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization In this provocative wide ranging book i Against the Grain i Richard Manning offers a dramatically revisionist view of recent human evolution beginning with the vast increase in brain size that set us apart from our primate relatives and brought an accompanying increase in our need for nourishment For years we managed to meet that need as hunter gatherers a state in which Manning believes we were at our most human at our smartest strongest most sensually alive But our reliance on food made a secure supply deeply attractive and eventually we embarked upon the agricultural experiment that has been the history of our past years .

The evolutionary road is littered with failed experiments however and Manning suggests that agriculture as we have practiced it runs against both our grain and nature s Drawing on the work of anthropologists biologists archaeologists and philosophers along with his own travels he argues that not only our ecological ills overpopulation erosion pollution but our social and emotional malaise are rooted in the devil s bargain we made in our not so distant past And he offers personal achievable ways we might re contour the path we have taken to resurrect what is most sustainable and sustaining in our own nature and the planet s by Richard Manning

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Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
Title:Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
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ISBN:0865477132
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Number of Pages:240
Category:Food, Non fiction, History, Agriculture, Science, Nutrition, Environment
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Foods Frontier: The Next Green Revolution, Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape, A Good House: Building a Life on the Land, Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics and Promise of the American Prairie, Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization, Inside Passage: A Journey Beyond Borders, One Round River: The Curse of Gold and the Fight for the Big Blackfoot, They Cannot Kill Us All: An Eyewitness Account of South Africa Today, It Runs in the Family: A Memoir, Last Stand: Logging, Journalism, and the Case for Humility
i Food s Frontier i provides a survey of pioneering agricultural research projects underway in Ethiopia Zimbabwe Uganda India China Chile Brazil Mexico and Peru by a writer both well grounded technically and sensitive to social and cultural issues The book starts from the premise that the Green Revolution which averted mass starvation a generation ago is not a long term solution to global food needs and has created its own very serious problems Based on increasing yields by extensive use of pesticides chemical fertilizers and monoculture agribusiness style production of single crops this approach has poisoned both land and farm workers encouraged new strains of pests that are resistant to ever increasing amounts of pesticides and killed the fertility of land by growing single crops rather than rotating crops that can replenish nutrients in the soil Solutions to these problems are coming from a reexamination of ancient methods of agriculture that have allowed small scale productivity over many generations Research in the developing world based on alternative methods and philosophies indigenous knowledge and native crops joined with cutting edge technology offer hope for a more lasting solution to the world s increasing food needs, The most destructive force in the American West is its commanding views because they foster the illusion that we command begins Richard Manning s vivid anecdotally driven account of the American plains from native occupation through the unraveling of the American enterprise to today As he tells the story of this once rich now mostly empty landscape Manning also describes a grand vision for ecological restoration currently being set in motion that would establish a prairie preserve larger than Yellowstone National Park flush with wild bison elk bears and wolves Taking us to an isolated stretch of central Montana along the upper Missouri River Manning peels back the layers of history and discovers how key elements of the American story conservation the New Deal progressivism the yeoman myth and the idea of private property have collided with and shaped this incomparable landscape An account of great loss i Rewilding the West i also holds out the promise of resurrection but rather than remake the plains once again Manning proposes that we now find the wisdom to let the prairies remake us, i It Runs in the Family i is a memoir of faith and willful ignorance truths and secrets rural and urban labor and fire fire as both knowledge and destructive force br br Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan in a working class family of Christian fundamentalists Manning s father was a jack of many trades farmer carpenter builder power lineman factory worker small businessman His mother concealed her own troubled childhood beneath a religious faith that explained away uncertainty illness and tragedy br br br Manning grew up learning how to work and what to believe but came to understand his family s seemingly normal facade as a mask for troubling secrets i It Runs in the Family i is the story of Manning s journey away from his family one that ranges from their Michigan farm to the fire ravaged wilderness of Montana and finally to a remote village in Panama where he comes to pursue a past he had vowed to leave behind Linking his own life with the larger story of his family the land they inhabited and the right wing fundamentalist politics gaining ground in America Richard Manning offers a singular memoir, b A Good House b is a chronicle of the year in which Manning set out to build his house and rebuild his life Combining entertaining tales of the cast of characters who helped him build practical information about wiring roofing and plumbing and meditations on the struggle to integrate environmental and spiritual values into everyday life this is a book about creating a solid foundation and building up from there in a hosue in a family in living a good life