Fatal Harvest:
The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture

Fatal Harvest documents the destructive effects of the current industrial food system, considering monocultures, genetic engineering, pesticide use, irradiation, and other aspects of corporate agribusiness. From shattering myths about the conventional food system to cataloging its impacts (issue by issue, and crop by crop) to providing an alternative vision of ecological agriculture, Fatal Harvest makes a powerful case for diversified, organic farming techniques as well as for the restoration of local knowledge including agrarian and wild values. The book’s final section offers perspectives on integrating wildlife-friendly practices with organic production, as well as developing more regionally diverse systems of production and distribution. Fatal Harvest's innovative graphic design teaches the reader to see and recognize the differences between an industrial approach versus truly ecological agriculture, which uses nature as measure and where conservation is a consequence of production.

The Foundation for Deep Ecology collaborated with the International Center for Technology Assessment and its Center for Food Safety (CFS) to produce the book, and thereby increase public awareness about the ecological, cultural, economic, and health ramifications of the global industrial farming system. CFS founder and executive director Andrew Kimbrell spearheaded the research team and project.

Contributors: Edited by Andrew Kimbrell; with essays by Wendell Berry, Jerry Mander, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, Monica Moore, Wes Jackson, Alice Waters, Gary Nabhan, David Ehrenfeld, and others.

Distributed by Island Press, 2002.

The Fatal Harvest Reader

A concise, text-only version of the larger book suitable for college course adoption, The Fatal Harvest Reader gathers the essays from Fatal Harvest, which comprehensively describes the unsustainable nature of the globalized industrial food system (Island Press, 2002).