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Read online The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture Since its original publication in The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters In it Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline But today s agribusiness takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families and as a nation we are thus more estranged from the land from the intimate knowledge love and care of it Sadly as Berry notes in this edition his arguments and observations are even more relevant than ever We continue to suffer loss of community the devaluation of human work and the destruction of nature under an economics dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits Although this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong Berry writes there are good people working to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth Wendell Berry is one of those people writing and working as ever with passion eloquence and conviction by Wendell Berry

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The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Title:The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
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ISBN:0871568772
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Number of Pages:246
Category:Non fiction, Food, Agriculture, Essays, History, Nature
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