Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California

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University of California Press, Aug 4, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 264 pages
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In an era of escalating food politics, many believe organic farming to be the agrarian answer. In this first comprehensive study of organic farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt on the current wisdom about organic food and agriculture, at least as it has evolved in the Golden State. Refuting popular portrayals of organic agriculture as a small-scale family farm endeavor in opposition to "industrial" agriculture, Guthman explains how organic farming has replicated what it set out to oppose.
 

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Contents

1 Agrarian Dreams
1
Roads to Organic Production
23
Ideal Practices and Practical Ideals
42
Californias AgroIndustrial Legacy
61
A Geography of Organic Production
89
From Social Movement to Industry via Regulation
110
7 Organic Regulation Ramified
141
8 The Agrarian Answer?
172
Appendix
187
Notes
199
Glossary
219
References
221
Index
237
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Julie Guthman is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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