Wendell Berry is one of the greatest writers of our time. His award winning books, essays, and poems have captured the soul of rural America. Yet, the rural lifestyle that Berry writes about with such passion and grace is a reality that no longer exists in most of America. When I interviewed Berry a few years ago, he told me that America, especially rural America, was worse off as a result of high tech, intensive agriculture. Many of the staunchest critics of modern agriculture quote Berry in their call for a return to a more agrarian lifestyle. Yet, a just published study from Stanford University demonstrates with factual clarity that our world would be much worse off without modern agriculture.
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