Feed or Feedback: Agriculture, Population Dynamics and the State of the Planet

Feed or Feedback: Agriculture, Population Dynamics and the State of the Planet

by A. Duncan Brown
     
 

Placing agriculture at the forefront of environmental issues, this book argues that every major impact the human species has had on the natural environment has been a result of the change from a hunting-and-gathering method of food supply to a farming one. Historical information is presented about ecological, environmental, and demographic changes in human society

Overview

Placing agriculture at the forefront of environmental issues, this book argues that every major impact the human species has had on the natural environment has been a result of the change from a hunting-and-gathering method of food supply to a farming one. Historical information is presented about ecological, environmental, and demographic changes in human society from the advent of agriculture to today. The rates of deforestation, soil erosion, and water consumption as they relate to agriculture are assessed.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Feed or Feedback makes a complex and vital issue of global survival accessible to the lay reader, and is a most valuable contribution to the globalization debate. I hope it will be widely read by those concerned for our ecology, and the disastrous things we are doing to the earth that feeds us.” —John le Carré

“Engaging, provocative and with great attention to historical data and detail, Brown dares to pose the stark alternatives facing humanity regarding food, population and the environment: limit the size of the global population or limit the rate of food production. . . . Essential reading to anyone who wonders where our next meal ought to be coming from.” —Brewster Kneen, author, Invisible Giant and Farmageddon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789057270482
Publisher:
International Books
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
431
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

A. Duncan Brown is a professor emeritus in the department of biological sciences at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He has previously taught at the University of Manchester, the University of California, Cambridge University, Yale University, the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He is the author of Microbial Water Stress Physiology.

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