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The Global History of Organic Farming$
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Gregory A. Barton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199642533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199642533.001.0001

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Organic Farming and the Challenge of Globalization

Organic Farming and the Challenge of Globalization

(p.197) 10 Organic Farming and the Challenge of Globalization
The Global History of Organic Farming

Gregory A. Barton

Oxford University Press

As the previous chapters have shown, organic farming arose in an imperial setting and was actually part of a long history of environmental reforms initiated within the British Empire. Organic farming shared many similarities with, and even grew from, the empire forestry movement. Organic farming also played an important role in the growth of environmental consciousness around the world. It transmitted a deep suspicion of corporations and big-science into the broader environmental movement. It shows that, if we disconnect science from the needs of human culture (including spiritual values), science loses its impact on the public. Albert and Louise Howard both clearly understood this and recognized that theory and laboratory findings must produce results in the field, and in the hearts and minds of consumers. The organic farming movement made precisely such a connection and that is one of the ways to explain its remarkable success.

Keywords:   Albert Howard, empire forestry, conservation movement, environmental movement, trust, science, organic farming

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