What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment By Fred Magdoff John Bellamy Foster, What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism A Citizen s Guide to Capitalism and the Environment Praise for Foster and Magdoff s The Great Financial Crisis In this timely and thorough analysis of the current financial crisis Foster and Magdoff explore its roots and the radical changes that might
  • Title: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment
  • Author: Fred Magdoff John Bellamy Foster
  • ISBN: 9781583672419
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment By Fred Magdoff John Bellamy Foster, Praise for Foster and Magdoff s The Great Financial Crisis In this timely and thorough analysis of the current financial crisis, Foster and Magdoff explore its roots and the radical changes that might be undertaken in response This book makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing examination of our current debt crisis, one that deserves our full attention PublishPraise for Foster and Magdoff s The Great Financial Crisis In this timely and thorough analysis of the current financial crisis, Foster and Magdoff explore its roots and the radical changes that might be undertaken in response This book makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing examination of our current debt crisis, one that deserves our full attention Publishers WeeklyThere is a growing consensus that the planet is heading toward environmental catastrophe climate change, ocean acidification, ozone depletion, global freshwater use, loss of biodiversity, and chemical pollution all threaten our future unless we act What is less clear is how humanity should respond The contemporary environmental movement is the site of many competing plans and prescriptions, and composed of a diverse set of actors, from militant activists to corporate chief executives.This short, readable book is a sharply argued manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of green capitalism or piecemeal reform Environmental and economic scholars Magdoff and Foster contend that the struggle to reverse ecological degradation requires a firm grasp of economic reality Going further, they argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving logic of the system itself, and those in power no matter how green are incapable of making the changes that are necessary.What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism tackles the two largest issues of our time, the ecological crisis and the faltering capitalist economy, in a way that is thorough, accessible, and sure to provoke debate in the environmental movement.
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    1. Fred Magdoff John Bellamy Foster

      Fred Magdoff is Emeritus Professor of Soils in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont He received his degrees from Oberlin College BA and from Cornell University MS and PhD Magdoff was Plant and Soil Science Department Chair for 8 years 1985 1993 , a member of the National Small Farm Commission 1997 1999, USDA , and is the Coordinator in the 12 state Northeast Region for the U.S Department of Agriculture s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy.Magdoff s area of specialty is soil fertility and management He has worked on problems of sodic and saline soils, acid soils, use of manures and sewage sludges, phosphorus soil tests, nutrient cycling, and he developed the first reliable soil test for nitrogen availability to corn for the humid regions of the U.S This test, called the Pre Sidedress Nitrate Test PSNT and the Spring or Late Spring Nitrate Test, is now used throughout much of the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, and Midwestern states as well as in eastern Canada It has also been adopted for use with a number of vegetable crops.Magdoff has oriented his outreach activities to explaining how to apply ecological principles to agricultural production His book, Building Soils for Better Crops 2000, Harold van Es, co author , is an ecologically based approach that explains how to work with and enhance the inherent built in strengths of plant soil systems Magdoff is also interested in political and economic issues surrounding agriculture and was senior editor of Hungry for Profit The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment 2000, Monthly Review Press, NY.

    253 thoughts on “What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment”

    1. this book was fantastic as someone who has read a ton on the environment a bunch of which is from a marxist standpoint i did not expect to get too much from this book and informationaly there was not a lot of new material shit s fucked up in all kinds of ways this, i already knew what i did like and what i feel has been lacking in some marxist circles is real, tangible medium term goals or issues to get behind this book provides a veritable laundry list of things to get involved in and, in my mi [...]


    2. READ THIS BOOK.As a student of regenerative agriculture who engages in organizing around climate justice, it was refreshing to hear the wholistic structural critiques of the root of anthropomorphic climate change from soil scientists like Fred Magdoff and Wes Jackson I have pages and pages on notes, but here are a few quick ones from each chapter Again, read this book.Ch 1 The Planetary Ecological Crisis it is beyond debate that the ecology of Earth including the life support systems on which hu [...]


    3. The book title caught my eye because I m sort of an environmentalist working in a manufacturing industrial field I interpreted the title to mean this book would give environmentalists insight on how to work with persuade industry to be environmental conscience However, this is not that book and apparently my wishful thinking I was pretty familiar with all of the environmental issues they described However I disagree with the author on the topics of cap trade and sustainability Further, the auth [...]


    4. This book focuses on a key point that is rarely discussed in polite circles Namely that capitalism with it s imperative for perpetual growth cannot be contained on a finite planet Even if you are pro capitalist you can t deny that a healthy capitalist economic system needs to grow to survive, so it brings up the question of how much can we grow before we bump up against the earth s ecological limits The book starts out making the case that we are already bumping up against those limits when it c [...]


    5. Martin Adamson, Professor, Zoology recommends .What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism by Fred MagdoffWhy is this a favourite book This book speaks to human ecology, an area largely neglected by biologists One of the reasons for this could be that we operate under a production system that fetishizes human ecology In this short primer the authors speak directly to the production system capitalism and its influence on human environmental biology.


    6. If you re on the radical and inarticulate left, you ll find the book a restatement of what you already believe It s less about capitalism than capitalists and carries well the spitting vitriol of the worst parts of the left.If you re on the sensible left, you ll find it a collection of trite non sequitors and a whole lot of poorly directed anger There are a few nuggets of truth.If you re a centrist or on the right, please don t read this Books like this just play in to the worst stereotypes tha [...]


    7. This book was undoubtedly interesting and informative The book was written as an expanded version of a magazine article the author wrote I wish I just read the article The book was the same thing over and over again I feel as if it was rushed which maybe it had to be because the information is time sensitive A short book that could of been shorter Informative though.


    8. The author brings up some interesting points against capitalism and defends socialism as a solution for sustainability But the book is a very one sided analysis And that does not sound fair, and hence, not convincing Enough said.


    9. found it very depressing but very hopeful, well written, informative, slightly transcendental and solid research in terms of solutions Definitely think a book everyone should read.


    10. meh Probably a good read for someone unfamiliar with these ideas, but I ve read Foster and others on this topic and have, myself, written on it, so there wasn t much new information here.



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