Ecological Agrarian

Ecological Agrarian (Hardback)

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 Ecological Agrarian
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

What do beer-swilling swine, predator-friendly sheep, and David Letterman have in common? They are all part of agriculture's first evolution in 10,000 years. As population growth levels off, production yields continue to grow and demands on agriculture change, the focus of agriculture is moving from just feeding a growing planet to feeding a planet with environmental concerns. Eco-entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the new business opportunities arising from these changes. Applying solutions from the creative to the mundane, they are greening both their pocketbooks and the vistas around them.In The Ecological Agrarian, J. Bishop Grewell and Clay Landry share stories of the numerous eco-entrepreneurs at work, the challenges they face, and the benefits they hope to reap. Beginning in 8500 B.C., Grewell and Landry provide a brief overview of how agriculture not only shaped history, but made written history and civilization even possible. From there, they explain how we are entering an unprecedented era where the race to feed the planet is no longer the lone driving force behind agriculture. That battle, they argue, has largely been won.A new age of agriculture presents new challenges and opportunities. Grewell and Landry document agriculture's response and then draw conclusions from successes and failures to determine what institutions best foster the entrepreneurs trailblazing agriculture's future.

About the Author(s):

J. Bishop Grewell is a research associate with PERC in Bozeman, Montana where he researches agriculture, wildlife, and international environmental policy. He is author of the state legislators' guide, Turning Wildlife into an Asset and co-author of the handbook, Hunting for Habitat. His work has appeared in the Chicago Journal of International Law, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, as well as numerous newspapers such as the Arizona Daily Star, Rocky Mountain News, Salt Lake Tribune, and the San Bernardino County Sun. He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in economics and public policy in 1997 and will finish his master's degree in Environmental Management from Yale University in 2003.

Clay J. Landry is a research associate with PERC in Bozeman, Montana. He is the author of Saving Our Streams Through Water Markets: A Practical Guide. He serves as an associate editor for Water Resource Impact, a magazine published by the American Water Resources Association, and is finance and regulation editor for Global Water Intelligence. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Orange County Register, and others. Landry helped start the Montana Water Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to purchasing water for environmental needs. He has served as a natural resource economist for the Oregon Water Resources Department, a legislative analyst for Montana Trout Unlimited, and an economic consultant for the Oregon Water Trust. Landry holds a master's degree in agriculture and resource economics from Oregon State University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wyoming.

Gregory Conko is a policy analyst and director of food safety policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in Washington, DC where he studies food safety regulation and agricultural trade, particularly the safety of genetically engineered crop plants. Conko frequently participates in international negotiations on food safety and trade as a credentialed Non-Governmental Organization representative. His writings have appeared in such journals as Nature Biotechnology, Regulation, Policy Review, European Affairs, and Issues in Science and Technology as well as such newspapers as the Financial Times, Journal of Commerce, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and National Post of Canada. Conko graduated from the American University in Washington, DC with a BA in Political Science and History.