Deep Agroecology

Farms, Food, and Our Future

Non-Fiction - Environment
294 Pages
Reviewed on 08/13/2020
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Author Biography

I am a graduate of Boston University's journalism program (1975). After years working in newspapers and magazines, I began writing books. I am co-author of Farms of Tomorrow (1990) and also Farms of Tomorrow Revisited (1998). I'm the author of The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century, Odyssey of the 8th Fire, and over a dozen other nonfiction titles.

I wrote Deep Agroecology for the general public in response to the global climate and environmental catastrophes. Agroecology is our main chance to turn things around.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

If you’re interested in integrating modern sustainable agriculture with ancient native wisdom to meet our future food needs while regenerating our planet, Deep Agroecology: Farms, Food, and Our Future by Steven McFadden is for you. The term “agroecology” has been used since 1928 to refer to the merger of agronomy and ecology, but it’s now a growing international movement with broader goals. “Deep agroecology” is “our next natural, intelligent, and necessary evolutionary step” for a better, cleaner, healthier, more just world through the transformation of agriculture from an industrialized and chemicalized agribusiness model to a holistic approach which supports a culture of respect for the earth and all life on it; a culture in which farmers are our heroes. An extensive list of resources is included and a subject index is provided.

In Deep Agroecology, Steven McFadden gives us an impressive and impassioned in-depth treatment on one of the most important topics of our day: caring for our earth so we can feed the people who live on it. Add the issue of water resources management, which is interconnected with agriculture, and we survive or we perish on the direction we take. While in today’s world we’re accustomed to turning to technology to find our solutions, McFadden reminds us that we have deep cultural roots which need to be brought to bear as well: the wisdom, clarity, integrity, and spirit-centeredness of our indigenous peoples. With the skill of a seasoned journalist, McFadden ties together topics of agrarian science, economics, and ancient spirituality in an approachable style that gives the reader not only food for thought but inspiration for action. Highly recommended.