The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future by Thomas PawlickThe War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future by Thomas Pawlick

The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future

byThomas Pawlick

Paperback | August 31, 2009

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An award-winning writer's provocative look at rural communities and a passionate call to arms to save them.

Rural life in North America has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. The few remaining family farms now struggle to survive. They have been replaced by corporate-backed factory farms, mining interests, and large-scale tourism developments, all favoured by governments with little understanding of or sympathy for traditional rural life-a life that is sustainable and healthy.

Pawlick, himself a farmer, uses the microcosm of his own rural community in eastern Ontario to portray the groups involved around the world who are waging a war to save their rural way of life. The outcome of these clashes will decide not only the future of rural life globally but also the quality and sustainability of our food, our water, our soil, and our air-of the environment on which we depend for survival. The War in the Country argues, passionately and persuasively, that every one of us must join the fight to secure our food future.

Thomas F. Pawlick has more than thirty-five years of experience as a journalist and editor, specializing in science, environmental, and agricultural reporting. He is a three-time winner of the Canadian Science Writers' Association Award and received a National Magazine Award for his agricultural reporting. Pawlick holds a masters degre...
Title:The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our FutureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:August 31, 2009Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553653408

ISBN - 13:9781553653400


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Different Kind of Great Dying Our rural world, in nearly every country on the planet, is in severe danger of extinction.Chapter 2: How It Used to BeTraditional farmers were in tune with each other, their community, and their environment. Chapter 3: Great ExpectationsFactory farmers look to mass production for salvation, but reality doesn't match the dream.Chapter 4: The Insurgents and the SurgeNot everyone buys the corporate/government line, and when they don't all hell can break loose.Chapter 5: Unwanted in EdenThe marketing board system, like the road to Hell, is paved with good intentions.Chapter 6: What's Yours Is MineMiners and speculators see bonanzas underground, but those whose land they take see disaster.Chapter 7: Since Time ImmemorialThe Mohawk confront and the Algonquin outmanoeuver as they fight to save a way of life.Chapter 8: None of Your Business(es)Corporate power and government regulations combine to strangle small rural business. Chapter 9: A Missing of MindsGunning for trouble along the confusing frontier of the urban and rural mindsets.Chapter 10: A Wider AllianceWho can force a rewriting of the badly skewed rules of the game? Chapter 11: Following up, Learning MoreA resources section: where to go to make your voice heard and learn more about the issues

Editorial Reviews

"In The War in the Country , Thomas Pawlick champions the fate of rural Canada with the hopes of educating readers in the city."—Globe & Mail“[Thomas Pawlick] has seen, first-hand, the tragic transformation of our traditional family farms and the corruption of our food system.  Here, Pawlick chronicles how global forces—from rapacious mining developments to factory farming to poor tax policy—are affecting the countryside for the worse in his own eastern Ontario backyard.  A lament for an agricultural nation—and a passionate call to arms.”—Green Living