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University of California Press
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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 historical roots. A key component of the book is 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, for example, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Preface: A Personal History
  2. pp. xv-xxiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part One: Agrifood Systems History and Future
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. Eating Stardust: Population, Food, and Agriculture on Planet Earth
  2. pp. 13-46
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  1. 2. Agricultural Revolutions
  2. pp. 47-70
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  1. 3. Thinking Critically about Sustainable Agrifood Systems
  2. pp. 71-96
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  1. 4. Sustainable Agrifood Systems: Three Emphases
  2. pp. 97-122
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  1. Part Two: Moving toward Sustainable Agrifood Systems: A Balancing Act
  2. pp. 123-124
  1. 5. Managing Evolution: Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
  2. pp. 125-159
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  1. 6. Managing Agricultural Ecosystems: The Critical Role of Diversity
  2. pp. 160-182
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  1. 7. Managing People: The Common Property Option
  2. pp. 183-204
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  1. 8. The Big Solutions: Climate Change, Resource Cycles, and Diet
  2. pp. 205-232
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  1. 9. The Big Solutions: Localizing Agrifood Systems
  2. pp. 233-254
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  1. Appendix 1. Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Symbols
  2. pp. 255-257
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  1. Appendix 2. Metric Units and Metric-English Unit Conversions
  2. pp. 258-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-270
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  1. References
  2. pp. 271-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-322
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520957084
Related ISBN
9780520277427
MARC Record
OCLC
865508518
Pages
348
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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