An Agricultural Testament

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An Agricultural Testament is Sir Albert Howard's best-known publication, and remains one of the seminal works in the history of organic farming agricultural movement.[1][2][3] Dedicated to his first wife and co-worker Gabrielle, herself a plant physiologist, it focuses on the nature and management of soil fertility, and notably explores composting.[3] At a time when modern, chemical-based industrialized agriculture was just beginning to radically alter food production, it advocated natural processes rather than man-made inputs as the superior approach to farming. It was first published in England in 1940, with the first American edition in 1943.[a]


  1. ^ The online version of An Agricultural Testament states that the first American edition was 1945. This is an error. The hardcopy of the 1976 Special Rodale Press Edition clearly states: "First American edition, 1943". The online text otherwise appears to be identical with the hardcopy, including the replication of the comments from the inside flaps and back of the dust-cover.


  1. ^ Howard, Sir Albert (1943), An Agricultural Testament (PDF), Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2010, retrieved 9 August 2010 pdf per Special Rodale Press Edition, 1976. See cover note on significance of book.
  2. ^ William Lockeretz, ed. (2007), Organic Farming: An International History, Oxfordshire, UK & Cambridge, Massachusetts: CAB International (CABI), ISBN 978-0-85199-833-6, retrieved 10 August 2010 ebook ISBN 978-1-84593-289-3
  3. ^ a b Michael Pollan (2006), The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Penguin Press, p. 145, ISBN 978-1-59420-082-3

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