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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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The Big Solutions

The Big Solutions

Climate Change, Resource Cycles, and Diet

(p.205) Eight The Big Solutions
Balancing on a Planet

David A. Cleveland

University of California Press

Agrifood systems divert resources from biogeochemical cycles (e.g., carbon and nitrogen cycles) to produce food, with major negative effects, including global warming. Global warming is changing water distribution and temperatures that will have mostly negative effects on agrifood systems. Changes in the agrifood systems could make major contributions to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., sequestering soil carbon with organic fertilizers and reducing tillage; reducing fossil fuel use; reducing food waste; and reducing animal, processed, and imported foods in diets). These changes will require changed assumptions and behaviors, but could also have major synergistic effects. For example, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, changing diets could improve health, reduce medical costs, reduce water consumption, and free large areas of land devoted to animal food production.

Keywords:   biogeochemical cycles, greenhouse gas emissions, global climate warming, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, greenhouse gas emissions, animal food reduction, diet change, food waste reduction, behavior change

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