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By David A. Cleveland

This booklet is an interdisciplinary primer on severe considering and powerful motion for the way forward for our worldwide agrifood process, in line with an realizing of the system’s organic and sociocultural roots. Key elements of the e-book are an intensive research of the assumptions underlying various views on difficulties regarding nutrition and agriculture all over the world and a dialogue of different ideas. David Cleveland argues that combining chosen features of small-scale conventional agriculture with smooth clinical agriculture may also help stability our organic desire for meals with its environmental impact—and proceed to meet cultural, social, and mental wishes on the topic of food.

Balancing on a Planet is predicated on Cleveland’s examine and fascinating instructing approximately nutrients and agriculture for greater than 3 a long time. it's a software to assist scholars, college, researchers, and readers comprehend debates concerning the present challenge and choices for the long run.

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We also need to agree on how to define that future and on how we need to change our current system to get there. The goals of this book are meant to contribute to this process. 3. GOALS OF THIS BOOK I have two main goals for this book. The first is to encourage critical thinking by explaining the concepts that I think are key to understanding the problems and potential solutions for the challenges facing our agrifood systems. This includes demonstrating how these concepts can be applied to specific situations so that readers can use them to analyze new situations and discuss their findings with others.

For example, phosphate ions in the rhizosphere (the root zone) are required for the growth of crops such as sorghum, and sorghum is used to make porridge, which will determine the number of people that can live in a West African village. Pop- 18 Agrifood Systems History and Future ulations and species have blindly evolved the ability to organize the matter and energy in their internal environments in ways that tend to optimize their growth and reproduction under current external conditions, while they also affect those external conditions.

It was often a very hard life, and the world is a different place now, with more than seven billion humans to support. But simply continuing to promote the mainstream agrifood system is not the answer either. I believe that an important aspect of creating alternatives for the future will be to combine small-scale, traditional agriculture with select aspects of modern, scientific agriculture in ways that provide solutions to the current food crisis—long-term solutions to balancing our biological need for food with our environmental impact in ways that also fulfill our cultural, social, and psychological needs.

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