Life on the farm: making North Carolina's agricultural landscape sustainable Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Templin, Elizabeth Allen
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
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  • Since the 1980s, farmers, researchers and activists have questioned the effects on the environment and public health of conventional agriculture, which uses fossil-fuel based agricultural chemicals to produce crops. Although conventional agricultural methods are capable of producing large crop yields with less labor than other methods, research has linked these methods to global warming, harming natural resources and endangering public health. These concerns spurred a sustainable farming movement that is concerned with three pillars of sustainability: environmental health, economic viability and social equity. This thesis, comprising three print articles, explores sustainable farming in North Carolina. First, this thesis studies the economic viability of farming in a profile of an organic farmer. Second, it explores how a community garden teaches individuals about the environment and impacts gardeners' lives. Lastly, this thesis examines a collaborative, sustainable agricultural initiative that fits into a larger effort toward sustainability in the state.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication."
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  • Friedman, Barbara
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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