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Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution in Agriculture Paperback – December 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1597265256 ISBN-10: 159726525X Edition: 1st

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"...the substance is ripe for harvesting."

"This book...provides ample evidence that moving towards sustainability requires the successful identification, assessment and management of risk and is knowledge-intensive."
(Experimental Agriculture)

"[This book] tells the 'human-environment' story of agriculture in this valley between 1993 and 2008....The contributors/researchers try to understand not only the challenges to the people and ecosystems of the valley, but how to address those challenges."

"Matson has provided a pathway for use-inspired, place-based research grounded in the realities of a historically important region. The book is destined to become a classic and oft-cited resource in the growing sustainability science literature."
(Ecological Restoration)

"Seeds of Sustainability would make a great book for introducing the ideals and complexity of sustainability to young scientists and curious citizens."
(Natural Areas Journal)

"...cutting edge...rigorous...demonstrates both originality and critical reflectiveness...almost uniquely in our collective experience, it speaks seriously, frankly, and insightfully to the challenges of institutionalizing the sort of work it reports on."
(ESA Sustainability Science Award)

About the Author

Pamela Matson was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley at the beginning of the Yaqui Valley research project. She then moved to Stanford University, becoming the Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and Co-director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy in the Institute for International Studies. She is currently Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment.

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An economist by training, Rosamond (Roz) Naylor directs the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University and is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science. She works with colleagues from several disciplines to study the economic and biophysical dimensions of food security, and the environmental impacts of crop and animal production around the world. Roz loves that her work provides her with the opportunity to explore cultures, farming practices, and policies in a wide variety of countries. She has served as an advisor to the McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Program and currently serves on Advisory Committees for the Beijer Institute in Stockholm, the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, and The Nature Conservancy. She is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and a Pew Marine Fellow. At Stanford, Roz teaches courses on The World Food Economy, Human Society and Environmental Change, and Food and Security. Naylor is also professor (by courtesy) of economics at Stanford and is the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

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