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Book Review: Jones, Rebecca (2010) Green Harvest: A History of Organic Farming and Gardening in Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Paull, John (2011) Book Review: Jones, Rebecca (2010) Green Harvest: A History of Organic Farming and Gardening in Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. Journal of Organic Systems, 6 (3), pp. 27-29.

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Summary

Green Harvest is an introduction to four Australian organic farmers and gardeners. Each example is framed within the context of an historical account which is itself subsumed within Jones’ own “four key principles” of organics. At the outset, the author alerts us to her view that “History is both fact and fiction” (p.ix). It is a novel approach which will not appeal to all, and will be unsettling for some. The author states that: “Environmental history is the lens through which I have examined organic growers’ changing ideas about
health and environment” (p.ix). The author claims that: “I have identified four key principles, each founded on organic farmers’ and gardeners’ belief in the dependence of health on the biophysical environment. These four principles are: soil, chemical-free growing, ecological wellbeing and back to the land” (p.xiv). In this five chapter book, these four “principles” provide the headings for the first four chapters, and each of these chapters carries a “case study”, each of which is based on one or several interviews


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Australia, organics history, CSIRO, organic farming, organic gardening
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Country reports > Australia
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation: UK
UK > Univ. Oxford
ISSN:ISSN 1177-4258
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:19644
Deposited On:15 Nov 2011 18:01
Last Modified:15 Nov 2011 18:01
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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