The Holy Earth : Dominion Of Land Becomes Destructive

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The Holy Earth: Dominion of Land Becomes Destructive With the nation’s available farmland settled and its industrial economy rapidly expanding, many farmers worried that agriculture will be marginalized. From 1900- 1945 industrialist and businesses called for an efficient, scientific and large scale agriculture as a means of economic progression; however, Horticulturalist, Liberty Hyde Bailey, envisioned and updated agrarian culture, which is founded on values of community, conservation, appreciation of nature and practicing a more ecologically based “permanent agriculture.” Liberty Hyde Bailey advanced the notion that “good part of agriculture is to learn how to adapt one’s work to nature.” Bailey along with others envisioned through The Holy Earth a stable agricultural and rural sector founded upon soil conservation and the application of ecological principles. The combination of higher education, with a spirit of community work and integrating “expert knowledge,” became the new agrarian vision. Essentially, with The Holy Earth, Bailey challenged the culture —the people-centeredness—of a defenseless world, which will greatly affect the earth ecologically if there is no balance between rural civilization and technological progression. Bailey used The Holy Earth to show earth as a holy and “divine” creation, and propose a responsible and supportive participation with the earth via agriculture. He makes the argument for local culture to use local nature as its…

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