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The Resource Grain by grain : a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food, Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle

Grain by grain : a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food, Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle

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Grain by grain : a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food
Title
Grain by grain
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a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food
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Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle
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eng
Summary
"When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family's farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. In the beginning, his concern wasn't health or the environment; he just wanted to make a decent living and some chance encounters led him to organics. But as demand for organics grew, so too did Bob's experiments. He discovered that through time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he could produce successful yields--without pesticides. Regenerative organic farming allowed him to grow fruits and vegetables in cold, dry Montana, providing a source of local produce to families in his hometown. He even started producing his own renewable energy. And he learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, one that was proven to lower inflammation rather than worsening it, as modern wheat does. Ultimately, Bob's forays with organics turned into a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. In Grain by Grain, Quinn and cowriter Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, show how his story can become the story of American agriculture. We don't have to accept stagnating rural communities, degraded soil, or poor health. By following Bob's example, we can grow a healthy future, grain by grain."--Provided by publisher
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An organic farmer and entrepreneur in Montana shares his experiences and ideas for changing the way America produces its food. The organic spokesman's story is co-authored by Carlisle (Lecturer/School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences/Stanford Univ.), whose previous book, Lentil Underground (2015), also focused on an entrepreneurial Montana-based organic farmer. After her explanatory prologue, Carlisle remains hidden so that the experiences and the opinions represent Quinn's voice. The book is partly memoir: Readers learn about Quinn's upbringing on a Montana farm, his various ventures into organic farming, his work to improve soil quality, and his launching of a wind farm and biofuel project. However, the text serves mainly as an argument about the necessity of valuing quality in food and how it can help heal people instead of making them sick, alleviate poverty by rebuilding rural communities, and reduce damage to the environment. Central to the story is an ancient grain from Mesopotamia that Quinn experimented with and the building of Kamut International, a large wheat corporation operating internationally. The picture that emerges is that of an experienced farmer and a resourceful, community-minded businessman. Quinn's tale is also a diatribe against America's widespread agricultural-industrial complex. He rails against "Americans' fiercely held attachment to cheap consumer goods, particularly cheap food. Transformed from producers into consumers at the same time as their economic status diminished, the American middle class insisted on lower and lower prices, spurred on by corporations like Walmart and McDonald's." That's the bad news. Quinn does provide evidence of progress, as more and more people, especially millennials, are becoming informed consumers, interested in where their food comes from and how it is produced, and an increasing number are becoming farmers, producing organically and selling locally. The few black-and-white photographs scattered throughout add little to the text, which stands alone quite well. A compelling agricultural story skillfully told; environmentalists will eat it up. (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2019)
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contains biographical information
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10762942
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YDX
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Quinn, Bob
Dewey number
  • 633.1/1
  • 631.5/84
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
SB191.W5
LC item number
Q56 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Carlisle, Liz
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True
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  • Quinn, Bob
  • Organic farmers
  • Wheat farmers
  • Organic farming
  • Wheat
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adult
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a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food
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Grain by grain : a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food, Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-258) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1059269809
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 268 pages
Isbn
9781610919951
Lccn
2018961749
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1059269809
Label
Grain by grain : a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food, Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-258) and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1059269809
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 268 pages
Isbn
9781610919951
Lccn
2018961749
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1059269809

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