Family Farming: A New Economic Vision, First Edition

Marty Strange | 08.01.1989

A Bison Book/University of Nebraska Press


Americans decry the decline of family farming but stand by helplessly as industrial farming takes over. Family Farming exposes the bias in American farm policies that irrationally encourages expansion—a bias evident in federal commodity programs, income tax provisions, and subsidized credit services. Marty Strange challenges the assumption that bigger is better, critiques the technological base of modern agriculture, and calls for farming practices that are ethical, economical, and ecologically sound. The alternative policies discussed in this book could yet save the family farm. And the ways and means of saving it are argued here with special urgency.

Marty Strange, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Rural Affairs, has written extensively on agricultural subjects.

Hardcover or Paperback, 320 pages, ISBN 0-8032-9194-9

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Praise for Family Farming

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“No handwringing or resignation about the plight of American farmers here–finally, some fresh, original thinking about the farm crisis. Pulling no punches, Strange cuts right to the value questions at stake in American agriculture. Revealing a rare blend of compassion and clear analytical thinking, Strange compellingly argues that Americans do have a choice. We can choose an agriculture that is fair, humane, and sustainable—and economically viable as well.”

—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet

“Strange suggests some corrections in policy that could play an important role when Congress next debates the national farm policy.”

—New York Times Book Review

“Strange’s vision is clear and focused. It should be shared.”

—The Humanist

“Family Farming easily puts Strange among the ranks of other brilliant critics of the agricultural establishment.”

—Dan Looker, Des Moines Register