Securing the future of US agriculture: The case for investing in new entry sustainable farmers

@article{Carlisle2019SecuringTF,
  title={Securing the future of US agriculture: The case for investing in new entry sustainable farmers},
  author={Liz Carlisle and Maywa Montenegro de Wit and Marcia Delonge and Adam Calo and Christy Getz and Joanna Ory and Kate Munden-Dixon and Ryan E. Galt and Brett Melone and Reggie Knox and Alastair Iles and Daniel Press},
  journal={Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene},
  year={2019}
}
Sustainable agriculture is among the most urgently needed work in the United States, for at least three reasons: we face an environmental crisis, a health crisis, and a rural economic crisis. Addressing these pressing crises through sustainability transition will require growing our agricultural workforce: both because the current farm population is aging, and because sustainable agriculture is knowledge-intensive work that substitutes experiential knowledge of farm ecosystems for harmful… 

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