Jeremy L. Caradonna, PhD
I'm delighted to announce the publication of One Level at a Time: Transitioning to Organic Vegetable Production. Published by Canadian Organic Growers (COG), this practical handbook shows conventional farmers (as well as not-quite-organic growers) how to make a comprehensive transition to organic management.
It is based on interviews across Canada with farmers who have undergone transition, and is rooted in extensive research on agronomic techniques, weed management, pest and disease management, soil-building practices, nutrient management, marketing practices, business operations, certification pathways, and more.
Although it is based on the Canadian experience, it is useful for growers in the United States, Australia, the European Union, and beyond. The specific Canadian content is extracted from the text and placed in shaded text boxes, for easy use and comprehension.
The book is useful not only for farmers but also for CEOs, change-makers, policymakers, and global leaders interested in how transformative change occurs. The book includes useful information about how (agricultural) companies overcome knowledge deficits, fears, concerns, lack of capacity, and lack of markets to undertake positive triple bottom-line transformation that benefits society, ecosystems, and financial sustainability.
Oxford University Press's description of Sustainability: A History
"The sustainability movement didn't emerge as a distinct social, environmental, or economic ideal until as recently as the 1980s, but today its presence is felt in nearly every area of our lives.
In this lively and accessible book, Jeremy L. Caradonna approaches sustainability from a historical perspective, revealing the conditions that made possible the movement as it exists today. Sustainability has taken shape in recent decades, fueled by a growing awareness about climate change, peak oil, and the limits to economic growth. Yet Caradonna argues that very few people today have a clear understanding of the movement's historical underpinnings, or even a solid grasp on what exactly Sustainability: A Short History offers a very thorough definition of sustainability, in addition to an overview of its many applications in the 21st century--from permaculture to renewable energy to the local food movement.
But crucially, Caradonna also places these developments within a historical lineage. Covering the period from the 1660s to the present day (and even the future), with particular attention placed on developments within Europe and North America, Caradonna considers the origins of sustainability across many fields. He discusses sustainable yield forestry and changing attitudes toward economics in the late 17th and 18th century; the Industrial Revolution and early critics of modernity; the birth of ecological economics and the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s; the UN conferences of the 1980s and '90s that gave shape to sustainability and sustainable development; and the emergence of a concrete movement in the last decades of the 20th century."
"The Routledge Handbook of the History of Sustainability is a far-reaching survey of the deep and contemporary history of sustainability. This innovative resource will help to define the history of sustainability as an identifiable field. It provides a unique resource for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars, and delivers essential context for understanding the current state and future path of the sustainability movement."
I edited this book and wrote some of the chapters in it. There's phenomenal contributions from some of the world's leading scholars on sustainability. Buy it here.
It's also available through Amazon and other outlets.
"This edited volume brings together original contributions on different aspects of the history of economic growth as a central and near-ubiquitous tenet of developmental strategies. The book addresses the origins and evolution of the growth paradigm from the seventeenth century up to the present day and also looks at sustainable development, sustainable growth, and degrowth as examples of alternative developmental models. By focusing on the mixed legacy of growth, both as a major source of expanded life expectancies and increased comfort, and as a destructive force harming personal livelihoods and threatening entire societies in the future, the editors seek to provide historical depth to the ongoing discussion on suitable principles of present and future global development."
My contribution to the volume is Ch.7, which is on the problematic relationship between sustainable development and economic growth.
Buy here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/History-Future-Economic-Growth-Sustainable-ebook/dp/B06X9ZGML5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490244023&sr=8-1&keywords=history+of+the+future+of+economic+growth
Buy The Enlightenment in Practice on Amazon:
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"If this impressive book were an entry in an eighteenth-century French academic concours, it would certainly deserve a prize. Jeremy L. Caradonna has taken an aspect of the French Enlightenment of which scholars have been vaguely aware and researched it thoroughly. He demonstrates the importance of academic prize competitions in the culture of the period and makes a persuasive case for his claim that his findings require us to recognize that the Enlightenment was a considerably more open and inclusive movement than has been previously realized."
--Jeremy D. Popkin, University of Kentucky
"The Enlightenment in Practice is an excellent work of history, based on exceptionally thorough primary research and organized and written in an appealing fashion. It is an instructive pleasure to read."
-- Kent Wright, Arizona State University
Buy Invaluable trees: cultures of nature, 1660-1830
Visit: http://www.voltaire.ox.ac.uk/www_vf/svec/svec.ssi for ordering information
Ed. Laura Auricchio, Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook and Giulia Pacini
"Trees and tree products have long been central to human life and culture, taking on intensified significance during the long eighteenth century. In this interdisciplinary volume, contributors trace changes in early modern theories of resource management and ecology across European and North American landscapes, and show how different and sometimes contradictory practices were caught up in shifting conceptions of nature, social identity, physical health and moral wellbeing."
My essay on the history of deforestation appears in this edited volume. It demonstrates the growing awareness of woodland loss in the eighteenth century.