Book — 1 online resource (xv, 420 pages) : illustrations, color portraits.
Role of Agriculture in an Era of Global Warming and Economic Melt-Down-- Agricultures Multiple Roles - Food Security, Ecological Security and Livelihood Security-- Science in the Transformation of Indian Agriculture.
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This book provides a roadmap for achieving sustainable agricultural advance and food security in an era of climate change and global economic melt-down. The contents include a description of the paradigm shift under the leadership of the author, from a green to an ever-green revolution necessary for advancing productivity in perpetuity without ecological harm.Science and Sustainable Food Security shows many methods of linking ecological security with livelihood security, and provides a scientific basis for entering an era of biohappiness based on the sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity. Also, methods of adaptation to the impact of global warming are described. This book will prove invaluable to all interested in sustainable human security and happiness. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xxxviii, 360 pages) : maps, illustrations Digital: data file.
Reasons for Concern
End of an Era?
Appraising the Basics
Photosynthesis and Crop Productivity
Land, Water, and Nutrients
Agroecosystems and Biodiversity
Environmental Change and Agroecosystems
What Could Climate Change Do
Toward Higher Cropping Efficiencies
More Efficient Fertilization
Better Use of Water
Rationalizing Animal Food Production
Feeding Efficiencies and Resource Claims
Opportunities in Milk and Meat Production
Consuming the Harvests
Harvests and Postharvest Losses
How Much Food Do We Have?
How Much Food Do We Eat?
How Much Food Do We Need?
Comparisons and Implications
Searching for Optimum Diets
Nutrition, Health, and Disease
If China Could Do It ...
Available Resources and Existing Inefficiencies
This book addresses the question of how we can best feed the ten billion or so people who will likely inhabit the Earth by the middle of the twenty-first century. He asks whether human ingenuity can produce enough food to support healthy and vigorous lives for all these people without irreparably damaging the integrity of the biosphere.What makes this book different from other books on the world food situation is its consideration of the complete food cycle, from agriculture to post-harvest losses and processing to eating and discarding. Taking a scientific approach, Smil espouses neither the catastrophic view that widespread starvation is imminent nor the cornucopian view that welcomes large population increases as the source of endless human inventiveness. He shows how we can make more effective use of current resources and suggests that if we increase farming efficiency, reduce waste, and transform our diets, future needs may not be as great as we anticipate.Smil's message is that the prospects may not be as bright as we would like, but the outlook is hardly disheartening. Although inaction, late action, or misplaced emphasis may bring future troubles, we have the tools to steer a more efficient course. There are no insurmountable biophysical reasons we cannot feed humanity in the decades to come while easing the burden that modern agriculture puts on the biosphere. (source: Nielsen Book Data)