Francis Thicke Holds A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture
A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century by Francis Thicke, Ph.D.
A Book Review by: Patrick Bosold
Have the recent egg recalls and the ongoing scares about salmonella and e.coli got you worried about who you can trust when you buy your food? Have you ever wondered if there’s a fair and sensible solution to the uproar about the odors, health hazards and water pollution caused by ‘factory farm’ hog and cattle confinements?
If you’re looking for answers to these questions and if you’d like to know whether it’s possible to have a secure, trustworthy and sustainable food supply, you’ll want to read “A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture” by Francis Thicke, Ph.D. Dr. Thicke puts a lifetime of hands-on farming experience, a Ph.D. in Soil Science and four years at the USDA to good use in “A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture.” This book, written in a simple and down-to-earth style, will give you new hope for farmers and farming in Iowa.
Dr. Thicke points out that we already have working examples of how crop, livestock and farm production can be designed and managed to:
keep more money in local economies and rural farming communities
harness the sun and wind on the farm
make biofuels on the farm so farmers are energy-independent
conserve and rebuild our soil, our water quality and our air quality
The era of cheap oil and fossil fuels is coming to an end. Dr. Thicke believes that it is time for us to design and implement a sustainable, wholesome system of farming and food production that will benefit farmers, consumers, livestock, wildlife and the environment. His book shows us how we can get there from where we are now, and give ourselves a nutritious and secure food system that will also give farmers a prosperous and sustainable future.
A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture is available through your nearest bookstore, or online.
~Patrick Bosold is the Conservation Chair for the Leopold Group, S.E. Iowa chapter of the Iowa Sierra Club. He is a long-time advocate for pastured livestock production, organic agriculture, sustainable energy and sustainable living initiatives in his hometown of Fairfield, IA as well as regionally and nationally.