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The Myth of the Peasant in the Global Organic Farming Movement

Barton, Gregory A. (2017) The Myth of the Peasant in the Global Organic Farming Movement. Itinerario, 41 (1), pp. 75-91.

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Organic farming activists have promoted the idea that ancient peasant wisdom informed the basic principles or Albert Howard’s Indore method, and of organic farming generally. The myth of the peasant origins of organic farming has influenced environmental activists and historians alike and concealed the remarkable contributions
of Albert Howard and his first and second wives, Gabrielle and Louise Howard. A few statements made by Howard himself, and by his second wife, Louise, inspired the myth of peasant origins of organic wisdom. But a closer look at the published and unpublished writings of the Howards show that the formulation of the Indore method, which lies at the heart of organic farming, is a strict scientific protocol
with its roots in the scientific work of Albert Howard and his cohorts.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:global history of organic farming, gregory barton, organic farming, albert howard, sustainable, agriculture, agricultural history, peasant, myth, environmentalism
Subjects: Farming Systems
Animal husbandry
Crop husbandry
Food systems
Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation:Australia
International Organizations
Deposited By: Barton, Professor Gregory A.
ID Code:37226
Deposited On:24 Mar 2020 11:32
Last Modified:24 Mar 2020 11:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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