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Books about Organic Farming

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02 July 2013

farmers, health, environment

Organic farming has a growing popularity lately, especially in US and Europe. We decided to look through the most popular and recommended books, related to this topic and make post about them here, in the blog.

1) First book we picked to post about is "Organic Manifesto: How Organic Food Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe" by Maria Rodale, which has a high Amazon rating - 4.7 out of 5.

Reviews:

“Maria’s pedigree gives her the authority and credibility to educate Americans on this important subject matter. The information in Organic Manifesto will empower you not only to save your own life and the lives of your family but also to do your part in saving the world. If you read one book this year, please make this one it!” —Jillian Michaels

“Organic Manifesto is a breakthrough. It is a clarion call revealing the power of organic farming to improve our health, our economy, our politics, and our planet.” —Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP

About the Author:

Maria Rodale is the CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., the world’s leading multimedia company with a focus on health, wellness, and the environment, as well as the largest independent book publisher in the United States.

About the Book:

Maria’ s book is based upon medical statistics and hundreds of interviews with farmers, which prove the harm from traditional farming principles for environment and health of people. She points out that the only way to reduce negative effect on soil, poisoning of environment and reducing severe illnesses is to switch to organic farming. She claims that if we care about our kids, ecology and health, we should request clean products, grown on organic farms and fully complied to organic principles.

“This book is designed for those, who think that organics are all about hippies or who thinks organics can't grow enough food or who already knows organic agriculture is a better practice but can't imagine how our entire food system could eschew chemicals, Organic Manifesto is an absolute must-read.” (Rodale.com)

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2) "The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff - and Making a Profit" by Richard Wiswall

(Amazon rating 4.6)

Review:

"Generous, unique, and comprehensive - this book will help every farmer to better set goals, reach those goals, and improve their bottom line!" - Ela Chapin, Program Director, Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program

About the author:

Rischard Wiswall founded an organic farm in 1981 in Cate Farm in East Montpelie. Known for his work on farm profitability and appropriate business tools, Wiswall consults with other farmers, writes and speaks frequently on organic-farm business issues.

About the book:

Book tells about making farming production more efficient. Advices are given related to personnel management, farmers scope of work and office management. Furthermore, he talks through financial matters, investments and marketing strategies.

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3) "You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise" by Joel Salatin.

(Amazon Rating 4.5)

Review:

“I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in starting there own farming enterprise.” (Reader's Review)

About the author:

Joel Salatin owns and operates Polyface Farm. He is a public speaker and accomplished author, who wrote seven books. He holds several awards for leadership, farming advocacy and Heinz award. In his books, he tries to tight idea of organic farming to a philosophical approach to the world.

About the book:

This book is dedicated mainly to the fans of living on their own piece of land. Book talks through all aspects of living on you own piece of earth and growing your food. It covers insurance, accounts management, buying land and equipment issues.

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4) "The Organic Farming Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Running a Certified Organic Farm" by Ann Larkin Hansen.

(Amazon Rating 4.2)

Review:

“Next level from hobby farm books.” (Reader's Review)

About the author:
She manages the farm in Wisconsin and has published several books and articles about agriculture.

About the book:
This book is a guidebook about growing, certifying and marketing of organic products. It is dedicated to farmers, who want to switch from traditional to organic and to the new to farming people.
Book explicitly describes organic requirements of USDA and advices on equipment, land, livestock and marketing.
Furthermore, successful stories of organic-farmers are shared to inspire.

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5) "Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food" by Pamela Ronald & R. W. Adamchak

(Amazon Rating 3.7)

Review:

“It helps too that it is also an easy and enjoyable read.” (Reader's Review)


About the author:

Pamela Ronald is a professor of plant phytopathology and Chair of the Plant Genomics Program at the University of California, Davis, where she studies the role that genes play in a plant's response to its environment. Ronald and Adamchak, a wife-husband team from the University of California at Davis, combine the training and insights of a geneticist and the know-how of a committed organic farmer.

About the book:

By 2050, population will double. If we will continue to produce food traditionally, we will loose wild nature and food will be ridiculously expensive. Authors offer a model of survival in the modern reality. Books will fit those, who choose their food carefully and support organic farming. They also discuss the role of genetic engineering.

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The list of books presented is not limited to the offered choice. There is a variety of other books related to organic and you can pick the one that responds to your needs and preferences the best.

 

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