The Organic Profit : Rodale and the Making of Marketplace Environmentalism, Paperback / softback Book

The Organic Profit : Rodale and the Making of Marketplace Environmentalism Paperback / softback

Part of the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series

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Where did the curious idea of buying one's way to sustainability come from?

In no small part, the answer lies in the story of entrepreneurial health reformer J.

I. Rodale, his son Robert Rodale, and their company, the Rodale Press.

These early advocates of organic gardening cultivated a niche for natural health products in the 1950s, organized the emerging marketplace for organic foods in the 1960s, and in the process published an endless supply of advice books on diet and health. Rodale's marketplace environmentalism brought environmentally minded consumers together and taught Americans how to grow food, eat, and live in arguably more earth-friendly ways.

Yet the market has proved more effective at addressing individual health concerns than improving public health at large, as liable to champion untested, ineffectual health supplements as to challenge the indiscriminate use of dangerous pesticides.

For anyone trying to make sense of the complex tensions between business profits and the desire for environmental reform, The Organic Profit is essential reading.

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