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Author Carlisle, Liz. author.

Title Lentil underground : renegade farmers and the future of food in America / Liz Carlisle.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2015]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    631.57 CAR    Available
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    631.57 CAR    In Transit
Description xix, 298 pages : map ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-290).
Contents Pt. I. Fertile ground -- Homecoming -- Against the grain -- Pt. II. Seeds of change -- Miracle plant -- Deeply rooted -- Bootleg research and farmer science -- Pt. III. Timeless grows up -- Have your seeds and eat them too -- 300,000 pounds of lentils -- Caviar in the cattle ration -- Pt. IV. Ripe for revolution -- The convert -- The Kevin Bacon of central Montana -- A PhD with a dirty secret -- The gospel of lentils -- The birds, the bees, and the bureaucracy -- From the weeds to the white house -- Pt. V. Harvest -- The moment of truth -- The next generation -- Looking back, looking forward.
Summary Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness launched a campaign to push small grain farmers to modernize or perish, or as Nixon's secretary of agriculture Earl Butz put it, "get big or get out." But 27-year-old David Oien decided to take a stand when he dropped out of grad school to return to his family's 280-acre farm, becoming the first in his conservative Montana county to plant a radically different crop: organic lentils. A cheap, healthy source of protein and fiber, lentils are drought-tolerant and don't require irrigation. Unlike the chemically dependent grains American farmers had been told to grow, lentils make their own fertilizer and tolerate variable climate conditions, so their farmers aren't beholden to industrial methods. Today, Oien leads thriving movement of organic farmers who work with heirloom seeds and biologically diverse farm systems. Under the brand Timeless Natural Food, their unique business-cum-movement has grown into a million-dollar enterprise that sells to hundreds of independent natural food stores and a host of renowned restaurants. From the farm belt of red-state America comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness's one percent by stubbornly banding together. Journalist and native Montanan Liz Carlisle weaves an eye-opening narrative that will be welcomed by everyone concerned with the future of American agriculture and natural food in an increasingly uncertain world.--From publisher description.
Subject Agricultural ecology -- United States.
Agricultural diversification -- United States.
Agricultural development projects -- United States.
Farms, Small -- United States
Farm corporations -- United States.
ISBN 9781592409204 (hardcover)
1592409202 (hardcover)

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