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The Green Revolution Delusion

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Walt Davis was born into a ranching family in west Texas and spent his working life as a rancher. He grew up with the traditional methods and techniques that his family had used for many years and then in 1956 went off to Texas A&M College to learn "modern" agriculture. He studied animal husbandry, range science and agronomy at a time when tremendous changes were being made in what was considered to be "good" agricultural practice; in the span of one generation newly available antibiotics, insecticides, hybrid seeds, herbicides and chemical fertilizers along with greatly increased mechanization changed agriculture from a low input biological endeavor to something more similar to an industrial process. In 1975, close to bankruptcy after years of fighting a losing battle to achieve real profitability using the "modern" techniques, Walt began to search for ways to reduce the amount of inputs that were draining the operation. Initially the changes were just that - ways to save money - but as the use of chemicals of all kinds and the use of tillage were phased out, good things began to happen on and in the soil. It took a number of years but the result was a management program that was consistently profitable and was improving the health of all parts of the soil-plant-animal-wealth-human complex we call a ranch. Tony Winslett spent forty years in marketing and is very aware of how advertising can be used to promote the sale of products even when the use of these products is actually contrary to the best interests of the purchaser. For many years American agriculturists, and the public at large, have been bombarded with "facts" and "information" proving that pesticides, chemical fertilizers and genetically modified organisms are not only labor reducing and profit producing but are absolutely necessary to "feed the world." Tony became interested in learning a more rational system of agriculture in order to produce wholesome food to be shared with friends and family. The average American has very little knowledge of the dangers posed by a diet heavy in transfats, soy, high fructose corn syrup, chemically fertilized produce and grains, and genetically modified food products; this ignorance has been promoted intentionally as all of these harmful products have been and still are touted as "health foods." This novel is one step in an attempt to inform people that there are alternatives to industrial agriculture.

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