PANNA: Resource Pointer #229
Pesticide Action Network Updates Service (PANUPS)
*Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream, 1999* Robert Dawson and Gray Brechin. Photographic documentation and text contrasting the devastation of the Golden State with its mass media image. Traces the destruction of California's natural and cultural resources, and briefly describes efforts by environmental and community groups to fight back. 233 pp. US$35. Contact University of California Press, 2120 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA; phone in U.S. (800) 777-4726, phone from outside U.S. (609) 883-1759; Web site http://www.ucpress.edu.
*Transforming California: A Political History of Land Use and Development, 1999* Stephanie Pincetl. Describes how transformation of nature for economic development has driven California's recent history and shaped the evolution of its political institutions, including the cozy relationships between business and government. 372 pp. US$45. Contact Johns Hopkins University Press, P.O. Box 50370, Baltimore, MD 21211; phone (800) 537-5487; Web site http://www.jhu.edu.
*Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes, 1999* Richard H. Olson and Thomas A. Lyson, eds. Provides guidance for those interested in protecting farmland from urban development. Defines the problem of farmland loss in the U.S. and discusses legal, economic, social and aesthetic aspects of farmland protection. Includes 21 U.S. case studies. 459 pp. US$35. Contact Westview Press, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301-2877; phone (800) 386-5656; Web site http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com.
*USDA 1997 National Resources Inventory, 1999* Documents trends in land use, soil erosion and other resource issues on non-federal lands in the United States. Reveals that the rate of land conversion for development more than doubled during the period 1992-1997 compared with the previous decade (1982-1992). Tracks decline in prime farmland acreage. Free. Contact U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Room 0054-S, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013; email Doug.Wilson@usda.gov; Web site http://www.nrcs.usda.gov.
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