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Nature's matrix : linking agriculture, conservation and food sovereignty

Author: Ivette Perfecto; John H Vandermeer; Angus Lindsay Wright
Publisher: London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Landscapes are frequently seen as fragments of natural habitat surrounded by a 'sea' of agriculture. But recent ecological theory shows that the nature of these fragments is not nearly as important for conservation as is the nature of the matrix of agriculture that surrounds them. Local extinctions from conservation fragments are inevitable and must be balanced by migrations if massive extinction is to be avoided.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ivette Perfecto; John H Vandermeer; Angus Lindsay Wright
ISBN: 9781844077816 1844077810 9781844077823 1844077829
OCLC Number: 317824545
Description: x, 242 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Matrix matters: an overview --
The ecological argument --
The agricultural matrix --
The broad social context for understanding biodiversity, conservation and agriculture --
Coffee, cacao and food crops: case studies of agriculture and biodiversity --
The new paradigm.
Other Titles: Linking agriculture, conservation and food sovereignty
Responsibility: Ivette Perfecto, John Vandermeer and Angus Wright.
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Landscapes are frequently seen as fragments of natural habitat surrounded by a 'sea' of agriculture. This work proposes a fresh approach to the conservation of biodiversity based on advances in the  Read more...

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'This well written book is informed by sophisticated ecological theory applied to the complexities of modern tropical development in a dazzling critique of conventional thinking.' - Susanna Hecht, Read more...

 
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