NRES 287 Paper 4

NRES 287 Paper 4 - RP #4 ASSIGNMENT SHEET NRES 287/PS 273...

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NRES 287/PS 273 Spring 2007 Response Paper 4 – Due Monday, February 25 th at 1:00pm Readings: Bell, M. 2004. Overture” and “Economy and security” Pp. 1-26, 29-55 in Farming for Us All . University Park: Penn State Press. Jackson, D.L. 2002. “The farm as natural habitat.” Pp. 13-26 in The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems . D.L. Jackson and L.L. Jackson (eds.). Washington DC: Island Press QUESTIONS: 1. What are the two traditional justifications for why farmers don’t change their farming practices? Why does Bell say farmers don’t change? (10) 2. According to Bell, what is the goal of participatory research? (10) 3. What is the “treadmill of production”? What is the “farmer’s problem”? In general, what does “Clint” do to try to overcome this problem? What was Earl Butz’ advice? (15) 4. Describe the Land Stewardship Project overall objective and the components of their agricultural approach as described by Jackson. (10) 5. What’s your reaction to the perspectives articulated by Bell and Jackson about alternative or sustainable or practical agriculture? Do you find the arguments convincing? Why or why not? (5)
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