American Organic: A Cultural History of Farming, Gardening,Shopping, and Eating - CultureAmerica (Hardback)Robin O'Sullivan (author)
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Rodale's goal was to improve individuals and the world. American Organics shows how the organic movement has been more successful in the former than the latter, while preserving connections to environmentalism, agrarianism, and nutritional dogma. With the unbiased eye of a cultural historian, Robin O'Sullivan traces the movement from agricultural pioneers in the 1940s to hippies in the 1960s to consumer activists today-from a countercultural moment to a mainstream concern, with advocates in highbrow culinary circles, agri-business, and mom-and-pop grocery stores. Her approach is holistic, examining intersections of farmers, gardeners, consumers, government regulations, food shipping venues, advertisements, books, grassroots groups, and mega-industries involved in all echelons of the organic food movement.
In American Organic we see how organic growing and consumption has been everything from a practical decision, lifestyle choice, and status marker to a political deed, subversive effort, and social philosophy-and how organic production and consumption are entrenched in the lives of all Americans, whether they eat organic food or not. Robin O'Sullivan is full-time lecturer in the history department at Troy University.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm
"O'Sullivan dissects the power of government, agribusiness, chemical manufacturers, homesteaders, and foodies themselves to reveal how the organics movement has been swayed by market pressures and demands." Margaret Gray, author of Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic
"American Organic helps explain modern longings for things artisanal, local, simple and untainted."Andrew Kirk, author of Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism.