This Blessed Earth

This Blessed Earth

A Year in the Life of An American Family Farm

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm and their entire way of life are under siege. Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Add GMOs, pesticides, and fossil fuel pollution to their list of troubles and the question is: can the family farm survive in America?
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393292572
Characteristics: 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary: The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm and their entire way of life are under siege. Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Add GMOs, pesticides, and fossil fuel pollution to their list of troubles and the question is: can the family farm survive in America?

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patcarstensen
Jun 15, 2018

I grew up on a farm. It is pretty amazing how technology is changing -- but the worry and the work hasn't gotten any less.

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