Deeply Rooted by Lisa M. Hamilton
Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

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A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. Lisa M. Hamilton asks: Why not look to the people who grow our food?

Hamilton makes this vital inquiry through the stories of three unconventional farmers: an African-American dairyman in Texas who plays David to the Goliath of agribusiness corporations; a tenth-generation rancher in New Mexico struggling to restore agriculture as a pillar of his crumbling community; and a modern pioneer family in North Dakota who is breeding new varieties of plants to face the future’s double threat: Monsanto and global warming. Threads of history and discussion weave through the tales, exploring how farmers have been pushed to the margins of agriculture and transformed from leaders to laborers.

These unusual characters and their surprising stories make the case that in order to correct what has gone wrong with the food system, we must first bring farmers back to the table.
 

About Lisa M. Hamilton

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For more than ten years, writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton has been telling the stories of farmers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s, The Nation, Orion, and Gastronomica. She lives in Northern California.
 
Published March 25, 2009 by Counterpoint. 332 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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“All the stories were different,” she writes, “but they had a common thread: these people were dead-set on saving their farms, and knew that in order to do so they had to escape the conventional market.” They eschew the bigger-is-better philosophy of capitalization for reasons of ethics and pract...

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Lisa Hamilton plunges into the lives of her subjects – listening;

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Seattle PI

Hamilton divides Deeply Rooted into three sections, each section profiling one of these “unconventional farmers.” Profile seems an inadequate term for what Hamilton does.

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Threads of history and discussion weave through the tales, exploring how farmers have been pushed to the margins of agriculture and transformed from leaders to laborers.

These unusual characters and their surprising stories make the case that in order to correct what has gone wrong with th...

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Hamilton is that rarest of fans - one of farmers – and clearly favors small, diverse, organic and sustainable farms, her interests are not in politics and policy, they are in farms and farmers.

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