Kirschenmann’s Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: A Better Philosophy for the Food Movement


  • Eliav Bitan National Wildlife Federation



Ecology, Sustainability


First paragraph:

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program was brought to me this morning by “Monsanto: helping farmers around the world be more sustainable.” From multinational corporations like Monsanto to the vegetable farmer at my farmers’ market, everyone in the agriculture field wants to talk about sustainability. What does sustainable mean? Do humans influence the environment, or are humans and the environment constantly influencing each other? When farmers say they “know” how to farm, what kind of knowledge is that? Is that knowledge drawn from years of experience, or from scientific experiment?...


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Author Biography

Eliav Bitan, National Wildlife Federation

Eliav Bitan has worked on farms in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, and has a degree in history of science with a focus on environmental biology from Columbia University. He has worked on agriculture and climate change policy across the United States by engaging with farmers, researchers, regulators and activists. He has previously written for the Columbia University Undergraduate Journal of History, New Zealand Celsias (, and is co-author of the National Wildlife Federation’s report, "Future Friendly Farming: Seven Practices to Sustain People and the Environment."

The views expressed in this review are the author’s alone and do not represent the National Wildlife Federation or any other organization.

Cover of "Cultivating an Ecological Conscience"



How to Cite

Bitan, E. (2011). Kirschenmann’s Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: A Better Philosophy for the Food Movement. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2(1), 315–317.

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