Wendell Berry is a native of Kentucky who has written, elegantly and powerfully, for more than four decades on themes relating to sustainable agriculture. He is, as a commentator recently said, the most passionate advocate for the family farm and homestead. The principles he developed, however, go beyond agriculture: they bear on the whole question of sustainable living and sustainable societies. In previous posts I’ve argued that an effective approach to climate change is not primarily a matter of technology, but of changing ways of thinking about life and living across all all cultures and societies. Wendell Berry has much to teach the present generation about these things, and this essay on his work has been written in that spirit of appreciation.
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