Friday, March 20, 2009

Welcome, Spring!

Today we not only say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, it is also National Agriculture Day. As the ground begins to thaw, farmers in the Northern Hemisphere can rejoice in the growth of new crops.

Agriculture is a hot topic in the media, with much attention being given to food shortages, fertilizers, genetically modified plants and organically grown food. Read up on the current controversy by looking at some of these resources from the NCC Libraries:

Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis
by Rowan Jacobsen
SF 538.3 .U6 J33 2008 New Books section, Main and Monroe

Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa
by Robert L. Paarlberg
S 494.5 .B563 P33 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty
by Mark Winne
HC 110 .P6 W54 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Future of Food [DVD]
by Deborah Koons Garcia
TP 248.65 .F66 F89 2007 Media Tower and Monroe

Seeds for the Future: The Impact of Genetically Modified Crops on the Environment
by Jennifer A. Thomson
SB 123.57 .T494 2007 Stacks

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
GT 2850 .P65 2006 Stacks

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto – The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
by Peter Pringle
S 494.5 .B563 P74 2003 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Coming soon:
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
by Michael Pollan

Photo credit: North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/commodit/horticul/tomatoes/.

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