By David A. Cleveland
Balancing on a Planet relies on Cleveland’s learn and interesting instructing approximately foodstuff and agriculture for greater than 3 a long time. it's a device to aid scholars, school, researchers, and readers comprehend debates concerning the present quandary and possible choices for the future.
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In chapters 8 and 9 I address two of the biggest challenges to creating a more sustainable agrifood system—global climate disruption and economic globalization—and discuss the potential for diet change, food waste reduction, and localization to meet these challenges. Chapter 5 is about the management of other species, focusing on the basics of plant breeding in a broad perspective that includes environmental and social as well as biological variables. Building on the introduction to farmer and scientist knowledge in chapter 3, I show how fundamental biological variables are understood and used in different ways with different results by small-scale farmer and professional scientist plant breeders, in many ways reflecting the contrasting alternative and mainstream perspectives.
I hope this results in better understanding of the challenges we face, where they come from, and the options for responding to them— empowering readers to participate in a critical and constructive way in the discussions and decisions that will determine the future of food and agriculture. My second main goal is to demonstrate how I have applied these concepts in my own thinking about agrifood systems; I share what I have concluded about the problems and solutions based on my own research and values.
However, Howard Smith, an astronomer at Harvard University, argues that available data suggest that the number of “even vaguely suitable stars with possible habitable planets” is very small, and the probability of intelligent life evolving on them is “much slimmer” (Smith 2011). He concludes that even if we waited for one hundred human generations, any signals reaching us would not be from further than 1,250 light years away, which is a tiny portion of the universe. So, even if the universe were infinitely large and lasted infinitely long, making the probability of other intelligent life evolving very high, the chances of us Earthlings detecting it, much less interacting with it, are pretty darn slim.
Balancing on a Planet : The Future of Food and Agriculture by David A. Cleveland