"This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm"

Dec 6, 2017

Our guest is the author and journalist Ted Genoways, who is a contributing editor at Mother Jones, The New Republic, and Pacific Standard. A fourth-generation Nebraskan, Genoways has a new book out that profiles a subject near and dear to his heart. "This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm" vividly documents the lives and labors behind a small family farm located in York County, Nebraska. As this book makes clear, while the family farm lies at the very heart of our national identity, increasing corporate ownership of both land and livestock has placed the future of the family farm in peril. Per a reviewer who covered this book for Outside Magazine: "Genoways writes of the environmental damage wrought by pesticides and over-watering, the risks of genetically modified seed, and the harm of flooding global grain markets with cheap corn. American farming frequently receives tough criticism on these points. The beauty of 'This Blessed Earth' is to understand them from a grower's perspective."