Balancing on a Planet : The Future of Food and Agriculture.
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- 1st ed.
- Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013.
- California Studies in Food and Culture Ser.
California Studies in Food and Culture Ser. ; v.46
1 online resource (349 pages)
- Food industry and trade.
Agricultural industries -- Environmental aspects.
Sustainable agriculture -- Economic aspects.
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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. David Cleveland argues that combining selected aspects of small-scale traditional agriculture with modern scientific agriculture can help balance our biological need for food with its environmental impact--and continue to fulfill cultural, social, and psychological needs related to food. Balancing on a Planet is based on Cleveland's research and engaging teaching about food and agriculture for more than three decades. It is a tool to help students, faculty, researchers, and interested readers understand debates about the current crisis and alternatives for the future..
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Preface: A Personal History
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 Option
8 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
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- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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- Print version: Cleveland, David A. Balancing on a Planet
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