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Food and the Mid-Level FarmRenewing an Agriculture of the Middle$
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Thomas A. Lyson, G. W. Stevenson, and Rick Welsh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262122993

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262122993.001.0001

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Agriculture of the Middle: Lessons Learned from Civic Agriculture

Agriculture of the Middle: Lessons Learned from Civic Agriculture

(p.165) 9 Agriculture of the Middle: Lessons Learned from Civic Agriculture
Food and the Mid-Level Farm

Thomas A. Lyson

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the importance of civic agriculture for agriculture-of-the-middle producers. Civic agriculture is the amalgamation of food production in the community and local agriculture. Its importance of civic agriculture for the economic, social, and cultural growth of communities is discussed, and a comparison between civic agriculture and conventional agriculture, with an emphasis on the ill effects of industrial agriculture, is presented. The chapter discusses the problem-solving feature of civic agriculture, which differentiates it from the industrial agriculture model in terms of the farming and food production approach. It explores the commonality between sustainable, civic, and agriculture-of-the-middle producers, while highlighting the differences between sustainable agriculture and industrial agriculture.

Keywords:   civic agriculture, conventional agriculture, industrial agriculture, sustainable agriculture

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