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

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

by Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, Gretchen C. Daily
     
 

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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

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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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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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300071245
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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