American agriculture is on the wrong track. The farming methods of “agribusiness”, the policies and programs of the federal government and the states, and the exaggerated use of chemical fertilizers are leading to massive erosion of topsoil and the destruction of the soil’s biological resilience. The emphasis should shift to ecologically-sound farming methods and to the restoration of the family farm James A. McEale argues that changes in the institutional policies and the technical methods of American agriculture are necessary to insure the nation’s ability to produce abundant and healthful food in the future.