Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

By Frederick L. Kirschenmann

Author note: Constance L. Falk (Editor]

Theologian, educational, and third-generation natural farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural philosopher. within the final thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the rules of sustainability and has turn into a legend in his personal right.

Cultivating an Ecological sense of right and wrong: Essays from a Farmer thinker files Kirschenmann's evolution and his lifelong contributions to the recent agrarianism in a suite of his maximum writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. operating heavily with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his highbrow and religious trip. In a special mix of private historical past, philosophical discourse, non secular ruminations, and sensible suggestion, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with dialogue of up to date agrarian issues. This assortment serves as a useful source to agrarian students and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose paintings has profoundly motivated glossy brooding about food.

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