Small farmers are often viewed as engaging in wasteful practices
that wreak ecological havoc. Exploring Agrodiversity sets
the record straight: Small farmers are in fact ingenious and
inventive and engage in a diverse range of land-management
strategies, many of them resourcefully geared toward conserving
resources, especially soil. They have shown considerable resilience
in the face of major onslaughts against their way of life by
outsiders and government.
Using case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the
Pacific, this book provides in-depth analysis of agricultural
diversity and explores its history. The book also considers the
effect of the "gene revolution" on small farmers and reviews the
effects of the "green revolution" in Asian countries. In
conclusion, it questions whether the diverse agricultural practices
employed by small farmers can survive modern pressures and the
global ambitions of the biotechnology industry.
Subjects: Technology, Environmental Science
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