In North America, so much of agricultural follows an industrial paradigm. Is there another way to understand agricultural systems?
Wes Jackson, co-founder of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, and pioneer in sustainable agriculture, is once again a pioneer-for sustainable communities. Years of seeing the harm done to his beloved prairies through the implementation of corporate agricultural practices determined his dramatic move to the small, almost abandoned town of Matfield Green in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Instructed by the history and traditions of the people there before him, Wes has undertaken to renew the town on an ecological and sustainable basis. It is a large undertaking, even as Wes is large, and it may not be successful; however, he has only one choice and we with him-to try. His lecture is a powerful affirmation of this spirit of renewal. The full edited text of this lecture may be viewed or purchased in pamphlet form at http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/publications.html