Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-xi

List of Tables

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p. xiii

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Preface: A Personal History

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pp. xv-xxiii

My grandparents planted the hill behind their farmhouse in upstate New York, all the way to where the woods of maple, oak, and beech began, with dozens of apple varieties. Every fall the apples harvested from that orchard filled many barrels, and they were transformed into...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xxv-xxvi

I am especially indebted to Daniela Soleri, who not only commented on the entire manuscript, parts of it many times, but who has also provided intellectual stimulation and emotional support as a collaborator on research since the early 1980s. Particularly inspiring has...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

The current world food crisis that began in 2007–2008 is in many ways similar to the hundreds or thousands of local and regional crises that have transpired since the beginning of agriculture. As we have seen, there are sharply contrasting perspectives on the causes and...

Part One: Agrifood Systems History and Future

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1. Eating Stardust: Population, Food, and Agriculture on Planet Earth

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pp. 13-46

Imagine that you are zooming outward from the chair you are sitting on while reading this book.1 You see the place where you were sitting recede into its continent, and then the curvature of our planet Earth appears, growing smaller and smaller, joined by the other planets...

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2. Agricultural Revolutions

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pp. 47-70

Imagine waking in the morning, opening your eyes to see a sky beginning to lighten to a clear blue, the light of the rising sun filtered through the leaves of acacia trees towering over you, the smell of soil and plants and the remains of last night’s fire in your nose...

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3. Thinking Critically about Sustainable Agrifood Systems

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pp. 71-96

What is your assessment of the current state of our agrifood system? What is it based on? There are lots of scientific reports on the subject, but their results often conflict, and interpretations of these results can be even more at odds with one another...

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4. Sustainable Agrifood Systems: Three Emphases

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pp. 97-122

The heads of state of the world’s leading industrial nations, members of the G8 (Group of Eight), met in Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan, on July 6, 2008.1 They ate luxurious multicourse meals and chatted over drinks; in addition to an extensive selection of wines...

Part Two: Moving toward Sustainable Agrifood Systems: A Balancing Act

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5. Managing Evolution: Plant Breeding and Biotechnology

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pp. 125-159

It is an ocean of maize extending in all directions. The maize leaves curl in the dry afternoon heat. The rains are late, the rains are scarce . . . again. The climate is changing. Teresa looks out at her field and plans her next move. “Where can I get maize that will...

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6. Managing Agricultural Ecosystems: The Critical Role of Diversity

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pp. 160-182

In rural Durango, in north-central Mexico, a colleague and I were being shown gardens in a rural area near the capital city, escorted by a small group of urban women, wives of agronomists working for the government (Cleveland 1986a). These gardens were being...

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7. Managing People: The Common Property Option

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pp. 183-204

The Zorse chief’s wife was renowned as the best brewer of sorghum beer in the village. So after a long, hot day of biking between house compounds in the middle of the dry season, my research assistants and I headed to the chief’s house for a calabash of her...

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8. The Big Solutions: Climate Change, Resource Cycles, and Diet

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pp. 205-232

Imagine the world twenty to thirty years in the future. How old will you be? How old will your children be? Will it be a world where humans have cooperated to reverse global warming? Will we have decided to pursue prosperity decoupled from increasing...

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9. The Big Solutions: Localizing Agrifood Systems

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pp. 233-254

You are in the produce section of your grocery store, you want to buy carrots, and you have a choice. There are two bins of carrots, the carrots in each bin look the same and are the same price, but there are different signs in front of each bin. One sign reads...

Appendix 1. Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Symbols

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pp. 255-257

Appendix 2. Metric Units and Metric-English Unit Conversions

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pp. 258-260

Notes

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pp. 261-270

References

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pp. 271-312

Index

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pp. 313-322