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Balancing on a Planet : the Future of Food and Agriculture

Author: David Arthur Cleveland
Publisher: Berkeley and Los Angeles, California : University of California Press, [2014] ©2014
Series: California studies in food and culture, 46.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is an interdisciplinary primer on critical thinking and effective action for the future of our global agrifood system, based on an understanding of the system's biological and sociocultural roots. Key components of the book are a thorough analysis of the assumptions underlying different perspectives on problems related to food and agriculture around the world and a discussion of alternative solutions.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cleveland, David Arthur.
Balancing on a planet
(DLC) 2013035775
(OCoLC)840582119
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Arthur Cleveland
ISBN: 9780520957084 0520957083 9781306196567 1306196566 0520277414 9780520277410 0520277422 9780520277427
OCLC Number: 865508518
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 320 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Preface: A Personal History; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART ONE: Agrifood Systems History and Future; 1 Eating Stardust: Population, Food, and Agriculture on Planet Earth; 2 Agricultural Revolutions; 3 Thinking Critically about Sustainable Agrifood Systems; 4 Sustainable Agrifood Systems: Three Emphases; PART TWO: Moving toward Sustainable Agrifood Systems: A Balancing Act; 5 Managing Evolution: Plant Breeding and Biotechnology; 6 Managing Agricultural Ecosystems: The Critical Role of Diversity. 7 Managing People: The Common Property Option8 The Big Solutions: Climate Change, Resource Cycles, and Diet; 9 The Big Solutions: Localizing Agrifood Systems; Appendix 1. Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Symbols; Appendix 2. Metric Units and Metric-English Unit Conversions; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.
Series Title: California studies in food and culture, 46.
Responsibility: David A. Cleveland.

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Focuses on critical thinking and effective action for the future of our global agrifood system, based on an understanding of the system's historical roots. This book offers an analysis of the  Read more...

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