Reading "What Matters?" by Wendell Berry
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More on Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson in Austin

Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson, two sustainable agriculture pioneers who have helped inspire the movement to know more about our food system, tried to answer that question and more at two sold-out talks that drew hundreds to the Stateside at the Paramount during last month's Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week.

The longtime friends are as much philosophers as they are advocates, and at the heart of their talk — led by Edible Austin publisher Marla Camp — was why we need to rethink everything we know about how we use natural resources.

"Agriculture is one big mistake," said Jackson, who in 1976 started a nonprofit organization and farm called the Land Institute in Salina, Kan. Because we rely on annual crops — all crops, not just the genetically modified ones — we are putting everything at risk.



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