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Betrayal at the USDA (2018), Union of Concerned Scientists
An Eleventh Commandment: With Special Reference to Michigan State University, by Dr. George Bird, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University, 2010. Micro-Essay No. 61
"ROTATING CROPS - TURNING PROFITS - How Diversified Farming Systems Can Help Farmers While Protecting Soil and Preventing Pollution", A publication by the Union of Concerned Scientists, May 2017.
"Cultivating Clean Water: State-Based Regulation of Agricultural Runoff Pollution", March 2010, Environmental Law and Policy Center.
Sustaining our Soils and Society - American Geological Institute Publication
dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by Dr. David R. Montgomery (a review)
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (a review)
The Ecology of Agricultural Landscapes: Long Term Research on the Path to Sustainability: Edited by Stephen K. Hamilton, Julie E. Doll, and G. Philip Robertson. (Oxford University Press)
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