A Review of
The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry
Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schleuter, eds.
Reviewed by Scot F. Martin
What a wild ride it has been these past couple of years. First, Wendell Berry was appointed as special counsel to Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and convinced him that soil conservation should be the number one U.S. agricultural goal. Then following the advice contained in a white paper authored by Mr. Berry the State and Defense Departments have begun shuttering numerous U.S. military bases overseas and we are moving from a bellicose foreign policy to one more in line with George Washington’s non-interventionist stance toward most world events. Lastly, nearly every state capital has created infrastructure to assist interdependence between urban and rural citizens. Not only have farmer’s markets displaced many large regional and national grocery store chains, but there are multiple sustainable economies developing in rural areas and small towns across America. This is due, in no small part to the stumping of Wendell Berry. We still have problems in 2012, but thanks to this veritable Berry-palooza we are nurturing healthier communities along with cleaner ecosystems.
…And then I woke up.