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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 130-131. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Although Ikerd’s philosophy is quite perceptive in its instincts, one could enumerate many internal contradictions in execution. In fact, the primary value of Crisis & Opportunity may be that it is a collection of speeches that encouraged and emboldened small farmers and advocates of alternative agriculture throughout the Midwest. As such, it documents the perceptions, values, and myths, inconsistent as they might be, that animated and motivated a group of rural Midwesterners not unjustly laboring under the self-image of an oppressed and victimized minority during a critical period in the formation of the sustainable agriculture movement.