Originally written as a thesis for my master of agricultural journalism
degree, the book's title is:
The Invisible Farm: the worldwide decline of farm news and agricultural
journalism training (ISBN 1-58112-022-2)
It is the result of 2.5 years of research conducted at the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) HQ in Rome, and at
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
My purpose in writing was to alert print and broadcast journalists to
the fact that one of the most important subjects in human life--how we
get our food--is being all but ignored by the major media, and neglected
in our journalism schools. The subject of sustainable agriculture has
been particularly neglected.
The book is divided into two sections. The first is aimed at urban
journalists who have no farm background, and outlines the leading
social, economic and environmental controversies in modern farming. One
chapter (titled "Killing the goose: farming and the environment") is
devoted exclusively to a discussion of environmental problems and the
concept of sustainability.
The book is 223 pages long, including an extensive bibliography.
Anyone interested in ordering it can do so by accessing Amazon.com on
the Net, then using Amazon's homepage search engine to find the title
"The Invisible Farm"
I'd be interested in hearing comments from anyone who reads it, as well
as suggestions for follow-up research.
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