Come meet Michael Foley, author of Farming for the Long Haul. Farming for the Long Haul is a valuable historical and societal perspective on farming in the United States and internationally. It tells the story of the small farmer through the eyes of a farmer, and is supplemented with stories of other farmers. Foley's observations are insightful and at times startling: "In the United States it is estimated that 70 percent of farmland is in the hands of farmers age sixty-five and older. That four hundred million acres will change hands soon, but how? And to whom?"
It's all but certain that the next fifty years will bring enormous, not to say cataclysmic, disruptions to our present way of life. World oil reserves will be exhausted within that time frame, as will the lithium that powers today's most sophisticated batteries, suggesting that transportation is equally imperiled.