Organic Struggle: The Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in the United States (Food, Health, and the Environment)
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In the early 1970s, organic farming was an obscure agricultural practice, associated with the counterculture rather than commerce. Nowadays, organic agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry organic meals can be found on the shelves of each and every supermarket in America. In Organic Struggle, Brian Obach examines the evolution of the organic movement in the United States, a movement that seeks to transform our program of agriculture and how we feel about food. Obach analyzes why the organic movement created as it did and evaluates its achievements and shortcomings. He identifies how divergent interests inside the diverse organic coalition produced vulnerabilities for the movement. In particular, he examines the ideological divide in between these he calls the \"spreaders,\" who welcome the wider market place for organic food and want to work with both government and agribusiness, and the more purist \"tillers,\" who see organic practices as component of a broader social transformation that will take spot outside existing institutions. Obach argues that the movement\'s altering relationship with governmental institutions is critical to understanding the trajectory of the organic sector. The government-run National Organic Program fostered dramatic growth and deep corporate penetration of the organic industry. While a lot of activists have been disillusioned by alterations in the organic sector that came with corporate and government involvement, Obach sees a failure in the vital market place- primarily based strategy adopted by the movement early in its history. He argues for a refocus on policy efforts that can reshape the agricultural program as a complete.
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