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Altars of Unhewn Stone
Science and the Earth
Wes Jackson
9781590982877 l $15.95
trade paperback, 160 pages, 5 1/4" by 8 1/4"

      In Altars of Unhewn Stone, Wes Jackson restores the critical link between science and cultural wisdom, showing that recent findings support traditional attitudes about farming, land and resource use, and the interrelations of cultural and biological communities.

      Jackson, founder and director of The Land Institute, issues an urgent call for a new view of contemporary agricultural problems, arguing that agribusiness interests have appropriated scientific contributions piecemeal, destroying much of what our traditional farming has respectfully preserved.

      Jackson calls on us to recognize the underlying causes of current problems and to develop an agriculture that does not break up human or biological communities, that minimizes soil erosion and reliance on chemicals and fossil fuels, that preserves the information contained in genetic codes of plant and animal species now threatened with extinction. With eloquence, with, and charm, Jackson advocates an agriculture that is whole and healthy, sustainable and sustaining.