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

By David A. Cleveland

This booklet is an interdisciplinary primer on severe considering and powerful motion for the way forward for our international agrifood approach, in response to an realizing of the system’s organic and sociocultural roots. Key elements of the e-book are a radical research of the assumptions underlying diverse views on difficulties concerning meals and agriculture world wide and a dialogue of other recommendations. David Cleveland argues that combining chosen points of small-scale conventional agriculture with smooth medical agriculture can assist stability our organic want for meals with its environmental impact—and proceed to satisfy cultural, social, and mental wishes relating to food.

Balancing on a Planet is predicated on Cleveland’s study and interesting educating approximately meals and agriculture for greater than 3 many years. it's a instrument to assist scholars, college, researchers, and readers comprehend debates in regards to the present predicament and possible choices for the future.

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Food (kg/cap) Oilcrops (oil. ), all uses (kg/cap) Cereals, production (million tonnes) Meat, production (million tonnes) Oilcrops (oil. 3 Source: Data from (Alexandratos and Bruinsma 2012:21), and calculations based on those data. agrifood system has been going in a direction that is producing at least as many problems as solutions. While those in power have demanded more food and higher yields to maintain and expand their power for millennia, pushing farmers into practices that were environmentally and socially destructive (Diamond 2005), their effects were mostly localized.

As of 2010 the majority of the human population lived in urban areas for the first time in human history. Thinking of the world food crisis in light of growing urbanization and dependency ratios emphasizes the necessity of switching from a short-term biological evolution-based criterion of success to one based on a combination of the most objective assessment of the biophysical world and agreement on the goals of the agrifood system to guide our sociocultural choices and changes. 4. THE EARTH’S HUMAN CARRYING CAPACITY We have seen that we humans have a remarkable biological potential for reproducing ourselves and an equally remarkable potential for controlling the environment to support this growth.

1987). This is analogous to the situation within individual organisms where physiological systems tend to be homeostatic during the life of the individual, yet all individual organisms eventually die. It is not clear at this point what the balance will be between our ability to change our environment and our ability to change our behavior to avoid extinction. However, as is true for a finite individual organism, there are different ways for us as a species to approach the opportunity we have for life and different choices we can make about how we experience it.

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