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Agri-culture: Reconnecting people, land and nature

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Pretty argues that something is wrong with our agriculture and food systems. Despite great progress in increasing productivity in the last century, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished. He asks whether it is time for the expansion of another sort of agriculture, founded on more ecological principles, and in harmony with people, their societies and cultures.  His book takes readers on a journey through some of the communities and farms in both developing and industrialized countries where progress is being made.  Their stories show what is possible on both the ecological and social fronts. Of particular relevance to educators is chapter seven which focuses on the need to develop social learning systems to increase ecological literacy.  Pretty’s invites us to break down our barriers and participate in the next agricultural revolution.

Jules Pretty (2002), Agri-culture: Reconnecting people, land and nature.  Earthscan Publications, London.  ISBN: 1-85383925-6.  Price £16.99