The War in the Country

The War in the Country

How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future

eBook - 2009
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"Rural life in North America has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Corporate-backed factory farms, mining interests, and large-scale tourist developments have replaced the family farm, and the small farmers who remain are strangled by debt, hounded by government, and harassed by regulations. Rural First Nations face a similar struggle, as do small-town businesses. However, those who seek to make rural life extinct are meeting with some fierce resistance." "In this book, a writer who is a farmer himself uses the microcosm of his own rural community to portray the groups involved and the battles they are fighting. The outcome of these clashes will decide not only the future of rural life but also the quality and sustainability of our food, our water, our soil, and our air."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books ; [Berkeley] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, c2009
ISBN: 9781926812328
Characteristics: 1 online resource (344 p.)


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Dec 15, 2015

I used to live in the country, and have friends who still do, so I know a lot that what this book says is true. Factory farming is as big an issue here in Canada (as this book points out) as it is in the US. Add in some pretty shocking facts, such as if you own a property you only own the surface and not anything below it, meaning anyone can stake "your" property for gold, silver - and as is noted in this book, uranium (which led to a huge clash between corporate interests on one side, and ordinary people on the other, including a rare coalition of native and non-native Canadians). There is also detail given to the system of supply management (i.e. quotas) and the huge penalties that can be exacted by governments if you go over what you're supposed to produce. Not a pleasant book by any means, but it does make the point that the only way agriculture will be saved in Canada is if the family farm is placed above corporately owned ones. A theme Americans are only too familiar with also.

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