A collection of essays I wrote between 2011 and 2018. I approach the basic thesis—”agriculture as wrong turn”—from different viewpoints and styles, varying from journalistic to scholastic to reflective to ranty, and two of the pieces are interviews.
The “Agricultural Revolution” is lauded as one of the greatest achievements in the history of the human race, proof positive of “Progress” and of the exalted status of humans, only “a little lower than angels.” Undoubtedly, it was a momentous change on par with the taming of fire, the development of language and the splitting of the atom.
However, a more evenhanded appraisal reveals that the adoption of agriculture degraded individual and social health, started a war on the environment, and put humans on a path leading to mass extinction.
In this collection of essays, the author —a former farmer—draws on both scholarship and personal experience to illuminate the emerging, contemporary understanding of agriculture as “wrong turn.”
Excerpt: “Agriculture as Wrong Turn.”