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Balancing on a Planet : the Future of Food and Agriculture / David A. Cleveland.

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Subject: Food industry and trade.
Agricultural industries > Environmental aspects.
Sustainable agriculture > Economic aspects.
Food supply.
Genre: Electronic book.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780520957084
  • ISBN: 0520957083
  • ISBN: 9781306196567
  • ISBN: 1306196566
  • ISBN: 0520277414
  • ISBN: 9780520277410
  • ISBN: 0520277422
  • ISBN: 9780520277427
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 320 pages) : illustrations, maps.
  • Publisher: Berkeley and Los Angeles, California : University of California Press, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Summary: 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 e.
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