Last Word with Farmer-Author Wendell Berry

  Guy Mendes

Guy Mendes

Modern Farmer: What is a modern farmer?

Wendell Berry: An industrial farmer. We need to say that the countryside is suffering from want of caretakers. Farming at its best was diversified and very well done. The people who did that work here are dead or gone and their children are gone. They’re being replaced by huge machines and toxic chemicals. Industrial farming leads away from and against what Aldo Leopold called the “land community.”

Modern Farmer: What should a modern farmer be instead?

Wendell Berry: A farmer who has understood the dependence of agriculture on nature. The responsible farmer would not own more land than he or she could know well and pay close attention to and care for properly. Farming has to do with everything. We can’t reduce it to a transaction between a technician and a machine...

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