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The Land Institute’s work advances agricultural scientific knowledge and is conducted in an innovative yet rigorous professional context. Explore our findings and ideas via articles authored or co-authored by members of our staff and published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Author: C. Picone, D. Van Tassel

Over the last fifty to eighty years, most of the world’s agriculture has been transformed into an “industrial agriculture.” Download PDF

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Author: Martin H. Bender

Maintenance of agricultural productivity requires sustained soil fertility by import or return of nutrients. While intensive farming systems obtain nutrients through purchased fertilizers and/or supplemental feed, extensive systems import little…

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Author: T.S. Cox

The extensive adoption of transgenic plants now underway has provoked heated debate about its effects on human health, rural life, and the environment. But too many critics are neglecting to…

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Author: Wes Jackson

Abstract: The Natural Systems Agriculture (NSA) idea was developed at The Land Institute in 1977 and was published in 1978.This new paradigm features an ecologically sound perennial food-grain-producing system where…

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Author: T. S. Cox, M. Bender, C. Picone, D. L. Van Tassel, J. B. Holland, E. C. Brummer, B. E. Zoeller, A. H. Paterson, W. Jackson

Part 3: One-third of the planet’s arable land has been lost to soil erosion in recent decades, and the pace of this degradation will increase as the limits of our…

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Author: T. S. Cox, M. Bender, C. Picone, D. L. Van Tassel, J. B. Holland, E. C. Brummer, B. E. Zoeller, A. H. Paterson, W. Jackson

Part 2: One-third of the plant’s arable land has been lost to soil erosion in recent decades, and the pace of this degradation will increase as the limits of our…

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Author: T. S. Cox, M. Bender, C. Picone, D. L. Van Tassel, J. B. Holland, E. C. Brummer, B. E. Zoeller, A. H. Paterson, W. Jackson

Part 1: One-third of the planet’s arable land has been lost to soil erosion in recent decades, and the pace of this degradation will increase as the limits of our…

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Author: Pamela L. Scheinost, Doug L. Lammer, Xiwen Cai, Timothy D. Murray, Stephen S. Jones

Abstract: Perennial wheat offers a new solution to the long-standing problems of soil erosion and degradation associated with conventional annual small-grain cropping systems in the Pacific Northwest region. Download PDF

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Author: M. H. Bender

Appendices, tables and expanded references for the paper, “An economic comparison of traditional and conventional agricultural systems at a county level” by M.H. Bender, published in the American Journal of…

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Author: Marty Bender

Accompanying Tables 1-3 found here are available in downloadable PDF format. Click here and the PDF will automatically begin downloading. To read a PDF file you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed…

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Author: M. H. Bender

Abstract: In Holmes and Wayne Counties, Ohio, respectively, one-half and one-fourth of the farms belong to the Amish, an agrarian culture whose traditional agriculture has been remarkably successful. In an…

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Author: M.H. Bender, J.M. Baskin, C.C. Baskin

Abstract: A review of age of maturity in herbaceous, polycarpic perennials found that the most common year of earliest maturity for wild and cultivated conditions was the second year of…

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