Nature's Matrix Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty
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Description: The subject of Natureâ€™s Matrix is conservation of biodiversity, but it differs from other books by proposing a radically new approach based on recent advances in the science of ecology plus certain political realities. The analysis is based on the linking of three key political issues that are intimately related, yet often treated in isolation. The first is the crisis of biodiversity loss, universally acknowledged as a major contemporary problem. The second has to do with food and agriculture, a crisis issue for the past two decades. The third is the political unrest in rural areas, engendered most recently by a collapse in rural product markets, resulting in massive rural-urban and international migration. This book shows how these three issues are interrelated in complex ways, focusing on the need to understand that interrelationship for the generation of effective conservation programs. These ideas challenge some in the conservation community since they are at odds with the major trends of some of the large conservation organizations that emphasize targeted land purchases of protected areas. They argue that recent advances in ecological research make such a general approach anachronistic and call, rather, for solidarity with the small farmers around the world who are currently struggling to attain food sovereignty.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Earthscan Canada
Publication date: 7/24/2009
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
ANGUS WRIGHT is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at California State University, Sacramento.
|List of figures and boxes|
|List of abbreviations|
|Matrix Matters: An Overview|
|The Birds of New York and the Coffee of Mesoamerica|
|Towards a New Paradigm|
|The Ecological Argument|
|The Fundamental Patterns of Biodiversity|
|Why the Biodiversity Patterns Matter|
|The Ecological Background to Biodiversity Studies|
|Ecological Theory and Political Realities|
|The Agricultural Matrix|
|The Development of Agriculture|
|The Industrial Model|
|The Alternative Movement|
|Natural Systems Agriculture|
|Biodiversity as it Relates to Agro-ecology|
|The Broad Social Context for Understanding Biodiversity, Conservation and Agriculture|
|The Importance of the Deep Historical Context|
|Difficult Socio-political Issues in Practical Conservation Work|
|Sources of Systematic Bias in Conservation Practice|
|The Brazilian Amazon: A Case Study in Conservation, Livelihood and Social Movements|
|The Dependency Trap in Biodiversity Conservation|
|Grass Roots Social Movements|
|Coffee, Cacao and Food Crops: Case Studies of Agriculture and Biodiversity|
|Coffee and the Technical Side of Biodiversity|
|Cacao and Biodiversity: The Historical Development of a Biodiversity Landscape|
|The Production of Food and the Biodiversity Connection|
|Agricultural Potential in the Matrix|
|The New Paradigm|
|Recapping the Ecological Argument|
|Recapping the Agricultural Argument|
|Recapping the Social Movement Argument|
|Putting the Three Arguments Together|