Reforming Our Industrial Agriculture Economy


  • Frederick Kirschenmann Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University



Review, Agriculture of the Middle, Sustainability


First paragraph:

John Ikerd, a deep-thinking economist who, among other things, taught economics at four major state universities, reminds us that he went through a mid-career transformation. As he puts it, "I spent the first half of my career as an advocate of conservative, free-market economic thinking," but the reality of the functioning economy convinced him that this "neoclassical concept of capitalism is simply not sustainable." This awareness put Ikerd on an intellectual journey, devoting his life to the question of "what we must do, individually and collectively, not only to create a sustainable economy but also to sustain society and humanity." His most recent book, Revolution of the Middle . . . and The Pursuit of Happiness, is his most recent view of that long journey....


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Author Biography

Frederick Kirschenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University

Frederick Kirschenmann is author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays From a Farmer Philosopher. Dr. Kirschenmann is a distinguished fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and the president of the board at the Stone Barns Center in Picantico Hills, New York. He also serves as the president and general manager of his family’s 2,600 acre (1,052 hectare) organic grain and livestock farm in North Dakota.
Cover of "Revolution of the Middle"



How to Cite

Kirschenmann, F. (2011). Reforming Our Industrial Agriculture Economy. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(4), 231–232.

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