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The Green Revolution Delusion is a fictional depiction of a real life drama that is playing out daily where ever industrial agriculture is practiced. In two generations agriculture has been changed radically. What was once a biological process driven by sunshine and rainfall and a prime generator of wealth has become, in many cases, an unsustainable industrial process dependent upon ever increasing inputs of energy and capital. Aside from the financial aspects, agriculture practiced in the industrial mode is inherently wasteful of natural resources; soil, water and energy are consumed in untenable amounts while producing pollution of soil, water and food stuffs. What was once a very good way to live and raise a family has become an occupation filled with stress and outright danger. In far too many cases, the wholesomeness of our food supply has taken second place to the needs of industry. These situations do not have to continue; there are methods that can produce food and fiber in the quantities needed in ways that are ecologically, financially and sociologically sound. One purpose of the book is to present options to the methods and practices causing the most damage that are feasible in the real world.
The Green Revolution Delusion is a portrayal of some of the real and very disturbing problems of modern agriculture. Damage is being done to farm families, to the environment and to human health. The book is not a doom and disaster tirade but rather an attempt to explain why the conventional wisdom – that we must adopt all of the current toxic technology: the confined animal feeding operations, the genetically modified organisms and the chemical fertilizers and pesticides in order for agriculture to be profitable and productive – is simply wrong. It is not a technical dissertation but it presents, without a lot of jargon, some of the scientific and economic reasons that industrial agriculture is neither sustainable nor profitable in the long term. It also provides a look at proven alternatives to some of the most damaging technology and gives examples of how these alternative methods can be applied in a practical manner. Fiction is used as the vehicle for putting forth this information in the hope that an enjoyable reading experience will bring useful knowledge to a wider audience. The book is not a how to manual but rather it tries to at least partially explain, in a non-technical manner, the functioning of the ecological processes that control the natural world and how these processes can be used to create agriculture that is financially, ecologically and sociologically sound.
Read what land managers have to say about The Green Revolution Delusion:
Gabe Brown, Rancher, Regenertive Land Manager, Bismarck ND
I picked up the book “The Green Revolution Delusion” and did not set it down until I had read it in its entirety, it was that compelling! The story of the history of production agriculture in the USA as told by the characters in this book bring to light the fact that the industrial agriculture model being touted and used in this country is not working. It truly is a model of “False Promise”. As a producer who once believed in the industrial model and who came to realize the fallacy of it, I can tell you this book brings it all to life. It is a story that will make everyone think every time they sit down for a meal!
Robert J. Potts, President & CEO, The Dixon Water Foundation
An engaging novel exploring one of the most important issues of our time: the struggle of small family farmers against industrial agriculture.
Kathy Frisch Harris, Holistic Management/sustainable ag educator,
nutrient-dense farmer, and Weston Price Foundation activist
In this tale of triumph in the lives of multi-generational farmers, Walt and Tony pull you in with their engaging characters add a backdrop of corporate and political intrigue, and deliver vital information on health, nutrition, corporate atrocities, and effective sustainable agriculture. I've never seen such breadth and depth of knowledge presented in one compelling package! This gives me hope that more people will understand the dire situation in our food system, and be motivated to take action.
Howard Garrett - The Dirt Doctor- Author and Host of The Natural Way Radio Show
There's real life honesty and soul bearing in this book. Based on true experiences, it teaches about one of our most serious threats today and gives some strong suggestions about the solutions. The ending is a treasure - but don't skip head and cheat. Read it all.
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How to Not go Broke Ranching is the irreverent and sometimes humorous effort of a multi generation rancher to help people keep from making all of the mistakes that he made in fifty + years of ranching. It is drawn from real life though some names are changed or not given to protect the guilty.
The vast majority of ranches in the United States, whether commercial or life style, are neither profitable nor sustainable; the author explains why this is so and what must be done to improve the situation. The changes in philosophy and in management practices required to do this are spelled out in some detail by a man who used them to turn an almost bankrupt ranch into a consistently profitable and stable operation.
The book is not a how-to cookbook but rather is an attempt to get people to think of ranching, and agriculture in general, as the biological endeavors, run on sunshine and rainfall that they once were and should be again, rather than the industrial enterprises that are common today. The methods described have been proven effective by people all over the world and their results can be duplicated by anyone who is willing to think through the situation and is not afraid to be different. As the authors' father once told him, "You have two kinds of neighbors, half of them think you are crazy and the other half knows you are crazy." The management described is not yet universally accepted but it works from all standpoints: it is financially sound, ecologically sound and it is a good way to live and raise a family.
Both the new, or would be, rancher just starting out and the established rancher will find information and advice in this book that can be used to make their operation more profitable, less dependent on purchased inputs and markets and a whole lot more fun.
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Chip Hines- Rancher and Author, Colorado
Walt Davis has written a book that pokes holes in the University "Book" that has led us down the wrong trail for the last 40 years. Walt went to college and came home to the family ranch putting all he had learned to use. It was not working. The ranch was not making money.
Reality set in. It was time to use a different model. It was then that his studies of Holistic Management and practical experience alllowed him to develop a management plan for success.
This is an easy reading book full of logic which ties everything together.
Brian Russ - Rancher, Texas
Mr. Davis' book covers ranching from a new and refreshing perspective. This book is written from first-hand knowledge that ranching can be both ecologically and economically sustainable. This book details the steps needed to stop fighting nature and begin to make money and have fun while doing both.
TW Weyl, Rancher, Arkansas
Walt Davis speaks from his years of experience in livestock agriculture. He has worked with the conventional way of high input, high labor and low profit agriculture. And now works more to be in tune with nature to work with it, rather than against it.
I have incorporated many of the principles that Mr. Davis promotes several years ago into my operation. I now have dung beetles and other beneficial insects that keep internal parasites and flies is check in my cattle. I now have more grass than weeds. Even in drought conditions, I still have grass. There are always new things to see and observe each day. The real benefit from this book is that it will make you think about what you are doing and why.
It really is a old way of doing things made new. The person that can benefit the most from this book will be the one with a open mind and heart. And an willingness to take a hard look at the things that cost the most. Although this book is geared toward the livestock producer. The principles taught by Walt Davis I believe can be applied to any business.
Joe Hopping, Rancher, Oklahoma
My brother and I are in the cattle and hair sheep business and we're always looking for a better way to manage our operation. I'm an avid reader and I must say that "How to Not go Broke Ranching" is one of the VERY BEST agricultural books that I've ever read. At one time Walt managed his ranch according to how the Land Grant Universities advocated. He used nitrogen fertilizer, sprays and chemicals of all kinds, calved and kidded early, and did everything "by the book". Walt was growing lots of grass, weaning big calves, and getting lots of production but he was going broke doing it. When the cattle market went bust in the early 70's he knew he had to change things or lose his ranch and his livelihood. He started rotational grazing his pastures, quit using chemicals and sprays of any kind, changed his calving dates to be in sync with nature, added hair sheep to the livestock mix, and implemented some other practices that were unconventional at the time. By working in harmony with nature and spending as little as possible on purchased inputs Walt turned his ranch into a very profitable operation. "How to Not go Broke Ranching" is going on my desk with a few select books that I read often and time and time again. I highly recommend it to anyone in the farming and ranching business - from the beginner to someone that has spent their lifetime in the business
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"West Texas is less an area then it is a state of mind."
Chip Hines Rancher on the north edge of Comancheria
Walt Davis has done something seldom done. The mix of ranching, environment, history, mystery and people is quite a handful to weave into a story built from several separate stories. Walt pulled it off with a very readable book that is plumb full of knowledge from all the different people and circumstances he has gathered into one readable volume.
The detail, whether of a conversation, situation or lay of the land puts you right there in the middle of what is going on. That is hard to pull off. Walt did it.
A very enjoyable book that also is informative.
D. H. Smith
Mr. Davis takes our minds through time from 1667 when the Indians lived in time of abundance, on through Comanche raids, German's - Scots-Irish immigration, War Between the States, Indian wars, and raising cattle in draught ridden Texas. This is a very enjoyable book to read and will enlighten you of historical facts you might not have been aware of.
Don Ivey - The Brazos Highwayman
I always approach a relatively unknown author with caution, even though in this case I have known Walt for many years. I suggest you throw caution into the nearest stock tank and enjoy a fine western tale spanning over 300 years. Davis brings a reality to this novel that is founded on a lifetime as a cowman. He started riding at age 4 on the family ranch outside Sweetwater, Texas, but didn't start riding fence till he was ten. He ran a major cattle operation on his ranch on the Red River in Oklahoma for the last 50 years and pioneered a poison free operation. Davis is a smooth fit between McMurtry, Dobie, and Michener. "The Gathering" is worth a read.