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California Studies in Food and Culture #46: Balancing on a Planet: The Future of Food and Agriculture

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"In Balancing on a Planet, David Cleveland sets forth the evidence for this plea: if our world is to have a future, we must engage in serious critical thinking about the practices and consequences of our current food system and find immediate ways to transform it to one that is more sustainable." —Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and author of Food Politics

"Achieving sustainable food production on earth is a destination whose route has not yet been charted. But in mapping the trajectory of the global agrifood system—from soil condition to social organization—and examining the critical concepts, values, and assumptions that underlie it, Cleveland has begun to reveal for us what that route—and the destination itself—might someday look like." —Dr. Deborah K. Letourneau, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

"With real examples and evidence, Cleveland presents a convincing argument for how traditional agriculture can help us build a sustainable food system. Presenting on new synergies and ways of thinking, and avoiding the traps of technological fixes and economic imperatives, this book makes the urgent need for change crystal clear." —Stephen R. Gliessman, Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz

"David Cleveland does more than just set out his view of the future of agrifood systems in a world of scarce resources; he provides the reader with the tools to make up her own mind, and arrive at her own conclusions." —Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

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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 systems 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 Clevelands 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.

 

About the Author

David A. Cleveland is Professor of Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Preface: A Personal History

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I

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 II

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

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520277427
Author:
Cleveland, David Arthur
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Cleveland, David A.
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture
Series Volume:
46
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w photographs, 55 line illustration
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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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 systems 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 Clevelands 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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