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The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma

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In this provocative book, the authors look at the interaction between population and food supply and offer a powerful and radical strategy for balancing human numbers with nutritional needs. Their proposals include improving the status of women, reducing racism and religious prejudice, reforming the agricultural system, and shrinking the growing gap between rich and poor.

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Overview

In this provocative book, the authors look at the interaction between population and food supply and offer a powerful and radical strategy for balancing human numbers with nutritional needs. Their proposals include improving the status of women, reducing racism and religious prejudice, reforming the agricultural system, and shrinking the growing gap between rich and poor.

America's most respected population experts offer solutions to the coming crisis of widespread starvation. A key to escaping this dilemma, the authors argue, is to increase the equity of all peoples in the world. When women are given power over their own bodies, birth rates fall, and when farmers in poor countries receive support, increased food production follows.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Global population growth (``the stork'') is overtaking agricultural production (``the plow'') and jeopardizing Earth's ecosystems, according to the Ehrlichs (The Population Explosion) and Daily, a Stanford Univ. policy analyst. To create a sustainable economy with greater equality between rich and poor, they urge, developed nations should sharply curtail consumption to alleviate pressures on resources and the environment. In the author's blueprint, couples should have a maximum of two children, preferably one; diets should shift toward vegetarianism, away from intensive grain-feeding of animals; wasteful military spending should be reallocated to social needs. Surveying countries from Haiti to China, the authors prescribe ``globalization from below'' through citizens' movements that would provide employment, give people control over local resources and return power to the grass roots. They also advocate worldwide educational campaigns, readily available contraception and overhaul of world trade to increase equity between industrialized and developing nations. This ambitious, enlightened handbook is a cornucopia of strategies and ideas for concerned citizens and policymakers. (Sept.)
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Ehrlich (The Population Bomb, 1968) and his wife, Anne, have long been known for their work on global population growth and its environmental consequences. In this study they admit past mistakes and broaden their argument in an effective way. By focusing on the issue of equitybetween nations, classes, and gender groupsthe authors confront the nexus of population, environmental decline, and global resource control. They present a convincing array of information and analysis, including examples of successful change promoted by grass-roots groups throughout the Third World. However, when it comes to addressing how structural change can be brought about to promote equity, the conclusions are weak and likely to be ineffectual. Recommended for larger public and most academic libraries.Bill Rau, Takoma Park, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300071245
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

A Personal Preface
Introduction: The Dilemma 1
Ch. 1 The Human Juggernaut 9
Ch. 2 The Only Animal That Practices Birth Control 33
Ch. 3 Slowing the Stork 63
Ch. 4 Government in the Bedroom 103
Ch. 5 Gathering, Hunting, and Farming 138
Ch. 6 The Environmental Connection 168
Ch. 7 Expanding Food Availability 201
Ch. 8 Toward Global Security 246
Notes 285
Index 353
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