In a new biography by Douglas Brinkley, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legacy is examined through a conservationist lens.  Interactions between his economic and environmental policy did not always have effects that reflected his focus on stewardship and had long ranging consequences for the recovery of American soil after the Dust Bowl and agribusiness policy for years to come. While President Roosevelt pursued “a middle course between reckless exploitation and extreme environmentalism” he set the country up for many systems that still govern our agricultural life today.  Read the New York Times book review here for more details and info on the book.

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