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The Politics of Homeland Health

The Politics of Homeland Health

(p.158) 9 The Politics of Homeland Health
Agrarianism and the Good Society
Eric T. Freyfogle
University Press of Kentucky

This chapter underlines the urgent need to bring back the issue of land conservation to the forefront of political discussions in the US. While some of the blame for the lack of interest goes to a well-funded environmental opposition, the country's environmental movement also has been fragmented, incoherent, and largely unable to defend itself against opposing claims. Instead of squabbling over science and burdens of proof, the cause needs to refocus its message on ensuring the health of the land community as a whole, protecting life and creation, and investing in America's future in ways that yield big dividends. Consistently and firmly used, the message could help the environmental effort gain moral ground. So too would other rhetorical tools that link environmentalism to living responsibly.

Keywords:   land conservation, good land use, environmental protection, responsible living, morality, politics

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