Advertisement

Blue-Green Agricultural Revolution

  • Daniel Nuckols
Chapter

Abstract

New networks of cross-movement coalitions are creating alignments of political, social, and economic action around the issues of sustainable development and renewable food systems. These diverse and transformative coalitions cross boundaries to come together and address the integration of three spheres– environmental (natural resource use and environmental management), economic (cost/benefit calculations and research and development), and social (community- based dialogue and action that addresses standard of living, education, and human rights). To succeed, this chapter argues that effective sustained coalitions will need to improve upon their record of citizenship and governance. Coalitions will need to demand that governments put forth macro-policies that address such issues as intergenerational inequity, market prices that do not reflect ecological damage, and human rights violations. A pre-analytic is called for; one that admits that the crucial ecological issue of successful sustainable planning means that transcendence (compassion, wisdom, understanding, and empathy) will be needed. Tensions between competing perspectives cannot always be solved by the logic and method of neoclassical economics.

Keywords

Labor Union Sierra Club Coalition Discourse Natural Resource Defense Council Organic Food Production 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Holter P (2010) Holistic management international: state of qualifications. Holistic Management International, AlbuquerqueGoogle Scholar
  2. Chase G (2012) Workshop for integrating sustainability in education. Association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education, San DiegoGoogle Scholar
  3. Allen TFH, Hoekstra TW (1992) Toward a unified ecology. Columbia University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  4. Allen P, Kovach M (2000) The capitalist composition of organic: the potential of markets in fulfilling the promise of organic agriculture. Agric Hum Values 17:221–232CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Blank SC (2008) The economics of American agriculture: evolution and global development. M.E. Sharpe, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  6. Blue/Green Alliance Project. http://www.bluegreenalliance.org
  7. Blue/Green Alliance Testimony at EPA greenhouse gas rule hearings. http://www.bluegreenalliane.org/news/publications/bluegreen-alliance-testimony
  8. Carruthers D (2006) From opposition to orthodoxy: the remaking of sustainable development. In: Dryzek JS, Schlosberg D (eds) Debating the earth: the environmental politics reader. Oxford University Press, New York, pp 285–300Google Scholar
  9. Daly H (2002) Five policy recommendations for a sustainable planet. In: Schor JB, Taylor B (eds) Sustainable planet: solutions for the twenty-first century. Beacon, Boston, pp 209–221Google Scholar
  10. Dryzek JS (2005) The politics of the earth: environmental discourses, 2nd edn. Oxford University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  11. Foster JB, Clark B, York R (2010) The ecological rift: capitalism’s war on the earth. Monthly Review Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  12. Goodman D (2000) Organic and conventional agriculture: materializing discourse and agro-­ecological managerialism. Agric Hum Values 17:215–219CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Henson D (1992) The end of agribusiness: dismantling the mechanisms of corporate rule. In: Kimbrell A (ed) The fatal harvest reader: the tragedy of industrial agriculture. Island Press, Washington, DC, pp 225–239Google Scholar
  14. Kaltoft P (2001) Organic farming in late modernity: at the frontier of modernity or opposing modernity? Sociol Ruralis 41(1):146–158CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Lappe FM, Collins J, Rosset P (1998) World hunger: twelve myths. Grove, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  16. Lyson TA (1992) Civic agriculture: reconnecting farm, food, and community Medford. Tufts University Press, MedfordGoogle Scholar
  17. Magdoff F, Foster JB, Buttel FH (2000) An overview. In: Magdoff F, Foster JB, Buttel FH (eds) Hungry for profit: the agribusiness threat to farmers, food, and the environment. Monthly Review Press, New York, pp 7–21Google Scholar
  18. Marsden T, Sonnino R, Morgan K (2008) Alternative food networks in comparative perspective: exploring their contribution in creating sustainable spaces. In: Marsden T (ed) Sustainable communities: new spaces for planning, participation and engagement. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp 255–274Google Scholar
  19. Mayer B (2009) Blue-green coalitions. ILR Press, Ithaca/New YorkGoogle Scholar
  20. Normand A (2010) Holistic management international. Holistic Management International, JohnsonGoogle Scholar
  21. Orr DW (2003) Four challenges of sustainability. Oberlin College, Spring Seminar Series, Oberlin. http://www.uvm.edu/gice/SNR_seminar/Readings/CB-42
  22. Quivira Coalition: About Us. http://www.quivaracoalition.org/About
  23. Soule JD, Piper JK (1992) Farming in nature’s image: an ecological approach to agriculture. Island Press, Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  24. Varner GE (1998) In nature’s interest? Oxford University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  25. Vos T (2000) Visions of the middle landscape: organic farming and the politics of nature. Agric Hum Values 17:245–256CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Austin CollegeAustinUSA

Personalised recommendations