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Balancing on a PlanetThe Future of Food and Agriculture$
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David A. Cleveland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520277410

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520277410.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Balancing on a Planet

David A. Cleveland

University of California Press

This book has two main goals. The first goal is to encourage critical thinking by explaining the key concepts for understanding the problems and potential solutions for the challenges facing our agrifood systems. The second is to demonstrate how the author has applied these concepts in his own thinking about agrifood systems and to share what he has concluded about the problems and solutions based on his own research and values. These two goals are synergistic, in that if the first is achieved, readers will be able to critique the author's conclusions on their own. A central conclusion is that small-scale, traditionally based, locally oriented, low-external-input agrifood systems are an important resource for the future.

Keywords:   world food crisis, key concepts, critical thinking, small scale, traditionally based, locally oriented, low external input

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