- Series: Our Agricultural Heritage
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 13, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521649927
- ISBN-13: 978-0521649926
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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"It can then deepen the reader's knowledge and bring pleasure from the author's interesting thoughts and views about our agriculture heritage....it is a well-written book with many interesting maps and illustrations." Eliska Rybnicková and Kamil Rybnícek, The Quarterly review of Biology
"The strength of this book, lies in its concise and informal presentation of academic and personal perspectives. These come from a credible source, and an impressive breadth of experience. Anyone with an interest in plant domestication as an evolutionary process will find The Living Fields a useful, often thought-provoking, and generally enjoyable read." Hugh D. Wilson, Economic Botany
All civilisations are founded on agriculture. This balanced account of one of the most fundamental aspects of humankind's march from prehistory to the present day considers the evidence for the origin and evolution of agriculture in various part of the world based on the archaeology, botany, genetics, ecology and anthropology of domesticates and their wild relatives. In a concluding chapter the present situation is reviewed and the possible risks of a system which relies on a relatively small number of species to provide most of our food are discussed.
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