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Beliefs that Bias Food & Agriculture : Questions I'm Often Asked: Questions I'm Often Asked

By Falvey, Lindsay, Dr.

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Title: Beliefs that Bias Food & Agriculture : Questions I'm Often Asked: Questions I'm Often Asked  
Author: Falvey, Lindsay, Dr.
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Philosophy, Food
Collections: Authors Community, Science
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Publisher: Institute for International Development
Member Page: Lindsay Falvey


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The answers cover such topics as: - why livestock are critical to food security - why free trade and markets can't solve food shortages - why aid shouldn't insist poor countries follow our model - how to reconcile science and commerce with popular ideals - how grass domestic happiness can be a serious topic - how more food can be produced with less land and fertilizer - why labels like Buddhist and vegetarian confuse life - what traditional wisdom is critical to development - how misrepresentation fuels fears about climate change - why small farmers and foreign agribusiness must coexist

The book answers 10 questions addressed to the author in various forms. Some are personal, while others relate to global issues. All are answered with candor and detailed explanation. The answers will not suit those who seek confirmation of popular viewpoints, nor will they suit those who insist they are doing good without having knowledge of what they are really doing. But they will admirably suit those extremely important persons from all walks of life who are open to new knowledge, who can accept challenges to their beliefs and received knowledge.

Question and Answer How to reprise lost paradise, where clansmen were always content? On this we ever ask advice, not noting our command’s contempt. Replies arise if we ask right, as sages’ sayings still console, except when wished as black or white, thus missing their integral whole. Each answer’s angst makes us ask more – thus are our suspect lives sustained, supremely sure if we spark war, for our ideals are deep ingrained. We’re punished by our primal rites, wedding hubris with hoarded wealth, monopolizing basic rights, and molding ethics in our stealth. Blinded by our biased questions, we trust faith as truth we squander, never knowing our great fortune – blind in paradise we wander.

Table of Contents
Question and Answer Acknowledgements Author’s Preface The 10 Questions Chapter 1 Introducing Food Security Seeing Livestock Correctly Who is Food Insecure? Animal Products in Food Security Animal Production in a Food-insecure World Animal Production Systems Future Animal Production in Food Security Answering the Question Chapter 2 The West is not the Context Defining ‘Food Insecurity’ Food Security Planning National Policy Implications for Food Security Regulations on Sustainability and Climate Change How Government Meets the Challenge Answering the Question Chapter 3 The Success of the West Balancing the Bias Aid to Do What? Facing Some Facts Famine in the West 20th Century Famine in Europe Answering the Question Chapter 4 What are we Feeding? Language in Religion, Science and Spirit Feeding the Spirit Scientia and Sapientia Answering the Question Chapter 5 The Nebulous Concept of GDH Global Fears and Small Farmers Smallholder Self-Sufficiency What is Wellbeing? Explaining the Sufficiency Economy Idea Implementing Wellbeing Answering the Question Chapter 6 ‘Sustaining’ the Status Quo Limitations on Agricultural Growth The Role of Technology Non-Agricultural Foods Answering the Question Chapter 7 Beware Categorization Labeling Ourselves Seeing Wisely Categorizing Death Origins of Vegetarianism Early Hunting Ritual Killing Food for Thought Modern Ethical Vegetarianism Animal Welfare Answering the Question Chapter 8 Why Agri-History is Important Agricultural Urbanization War and Agriculture The Sanctity of the Soil Linking Traditional and Modern Knowledge Permaculture and Steiner Agriculture Answering the Question Chapter 9 Misrepresenting Science Securing Food in a Changing World The Climatic Sins of the Fathers Warming Responses? Risks and Research Answering the Question Chapter 10 Food Security Small Farmer Efficiencies The Role of Agribusiness Good Food Governance Technology Home Truths about Food Equity Answering the Question Endnotes and References INDEX


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