Food's Frontier: The Next Green Revolution

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University of California Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 230 pages
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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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Beginning with the assumption that monocultures and high-input agriculture are unsustainable and that the "Green Revolution" has failed, environmental writer Manning (One Round River) attempts to lay ... Read full review

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An interesting take on issues facing agriculture in developing countries and possible solutions. A journalist's account - not that of an expert in the issues - so the discussion of issues seems incomplete in some ways, but also has quite a bit of interesting information. Read full review

Contents

The Case for a Second Green Revolution
3
Global Methods Local Choices Ethiopia
22
When Politics Pushes People Against Natures Limits Zimbabwe
40
Visionaries in Violent Times Uganda
60
When Biotechnology Has a Brain Trust India
79
The Fate of Farming in an Industrializing World Nanjing China
95
Bioengineering on the Loose Shanghoi China
111
Technology Based in Biodiversity Chile and Brazil
128
Sustaining Traditional Forming and Genetic Resources Mexico
149
Restoring Rural Wisdom Peru
173
Bioengineering in Context
191
Food Cities and the Integrity of Rural Life
208
Selected Bibliography
219
Acknowledgments
223
Index
227
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Richard Manning is an environmental journalist and author. Among his books are Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics and Promise of the American Prairie (1995), A Good House: Building a Life on the Land (1994), and Last Stand: Logging, Journalism, and the Case for Humility (1991). His reporting has received the Audubon Society Journalism Award, the R. J. Margolis award, and three C. B. Blethen awards.

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