Fred Magdoff

Fred Magdoff

Fred Magdoff is Emeritus Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. His interests range from soil science to agriculture and food to the environment to the US economy. His research at UVM was on ecologically sound ways to improve soil fertility, especially focusing on the critical role of soil organic matter. He is the co-author of the third edition of Building Crops For Better Soil: Sustainable Soil Management (2010) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (2011), as well as a number of other books on agriculture and on the US economy. He has also written numerous articles on environmental issues, including on ecological agriculture, production and use of biofuels, ecological civilization, population and global resource depletion, and the environmental and social problems of capitalist agriculture.

GTI Contributions
Roundtable contribution on Why Ecosocialism - Fred Magdoff
Contribution to Do Red and Green Mix?

December 2018

Socializing the means of production can't guarantee ecological sustainability. But it makes it possible.

Commentary on Farming for a Small Planet - Fred Magdoff
Commentary on Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now

April 2016

Commentary on Why We Consume - Fred Magdoff
Commentary on Why We Consume: Neural Design and Sustainability

February 2016

Commentary on Marxism and Ecology - Fred Magdoff
Commentary on Marxism and Ecology: Common Fonts of a Great Transition

October 2015