Balancing on a Planet : The Future of Food and Agriculture by David A. Cleveland

By David A. Cleveland

This e-book is an interdisciplinary primer on severe considering and powerful motion for the way forward for our international agrifood process, in response to an knowing of the system’s organic and sociocultural roots. Key parts of the e-book are a radical research of the assumptions underlying diverse views on difficulties relating to meals and agriculture worldwide and a dialogue of different ideas. David Cleveland argues that combining chosen elements of small-scale conventional agriculture with sleek clinical agriculture may help stability our organic want for foodstuff with its environmental impact—and proceed to meet cultural, social, and mental wishes regarding food.

Balancing on a Planet relies on Cleveland’s learn and interesting instructing approximately nutrients and agriculture for greater than 3 a long time. it's a device to aid scholars, college, researchers, and readers comprehend debates in regards to the present concern and possible choices for the future.
 

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Introduction 9 This page intentionally left blank PART ONE Agrifood Systems History and Future In the four chapters of part 1 I focus on the underlying factors that drive our current and past food crises and successes, the food demand-supply problem, and how basic concepts like sustainability can be useful tools for understanding those factors and moving toward a better future. Chapter 1 looks at the deep history of our planet and species, and the relationship between them based on food. Chapter 2 focuses on the last twelve thousand years, beginning with the Neolithic revolution and the changes it created, which are still ongoing.

Superexponential growth is change by an increasing relative growth rate due to DRs decreasing or BRs increasing or both. Of course, the absolute rate will also increase. Exponential growth is change by a constant relative rate, which means that absolute rates will increase. This has long been recognized as a special type of growth, and it is commonly Eating Stardust 21 used today as a model for growing populations. The following are different forms of the equation for exponential growth. ) r = the relative growth rate t = time between P0 and P t ln = natural logarithm One convenient way to think about exponential growth is in terms of doubling time (DT), or the time it takes a population to double in size—and the time period during which doubling will occur will remain constant as long as the exponential growth rate remains constant.

It describes how resources can be categorized as private, public, or common pool, and how common-pool resources can be managed by private individuals or corporations, governments, or communities—or not managed at all. Common property management has the potential to internalize negative externalities in ways that optimize the equal distribution of benefits, including to future generations, yet it has been 8 Introduction largely ignored or dismissed by the mainstream agrifood system. I show how game theory can help us understand success and failure of different management types, and I provide examples of the potential of common property management for irrigation water and crop genetic resources.

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