Food's Frontier The Next Green Revolution

ISBN-10: 0520232631

ISBN-13: 9780520232631

Edition: 2001

Authors: Richard Manning

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Food's Frontier provides a survey of pioneering agricultural research projects underway in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, China, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru by a writer both well-grounded technically and sensitive to social and cultural issues. The book starts from the premise that the "Green Revolution" which averted mass starvation a generation ago is not a long-term solution to global food needs and has created its own very serious problems. Based on increasing yields by extensive use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and monoculture--agribusiness-style production of single crops--this approach has poisoned both land and farm workers, encouraged new strains of pests that are resistant to ever-increasing amounts of pesticides, and killed the fertility of land by growing single crops rather than rotating crops that can replenish nutrients in the soil. Solutions to these problems are coming from a reexamination of ancient methods of agriculture that have allowed small-scale productivity over many generations. Research in the developing world, based on alternative methods and philosophies, indigenous knowledge, and native crops, joined with cutting edge technology, offer hope for a more lasting solution to the world's increasing food needs.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Richard Manning is the author of Last Stand, A Good House, Grassland, and One Round River. He lives in Montana.

The Seed: The Case for a Second Green Revolution
An Island in Africa: Global Methods, Local Choices [Ethiopia]
How Things Fall Apart: When Politics Pushes People Against Nature's Limits [Zimbabwe]
To Work in Peace: Visionaries in Violent Times [Uganda]
From Basket Case to Bread Basket: When Biotechnology Has a Brain Trust [India]
The Critical Mass: The Fate of Farming in an Industrializing World [Nanjing, China]
Genetic Revolution: Bioengineering on the Loose [Shanghai, China]
Forging a Magic Bullet: Technology Based in Biodiversity [Chile and Brazil]
In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World: Sustaining Traditional Farming and Genetic Resources [Mexico]
Roots: Restoring Rural Wisdom [Peru]
The Genie in the Genome: Bioengineering in Context
A Common Ground: Food, Cities, and the Integrity of Rural Life
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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