Wendell Berry, poet, philosopher, and conservationist, farms in Kentucky.
Articles by this author
Monday, January 05, 2009
A 50-Year Farm Bill
The extraordinary rainstorms last June caused catastrophic soil erosion in the grain lands of Iowa, where there were gullies 200 feet wide. But even worse damage is done over the long term under normal rainfall - by the little rills and sheets of erosion on incompletely covered or denuded cropland, and by various degradations resulting from industrial procedures and technologies alien to both agriculture and nature.