Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Saving the Seed: Genetic diversity and European agriculture (Paperback)
  • Saving the Seed: Genetic diversity and European agriculture (Paperback)
zoom

Saving the Seed: Genetic diversity and European agriculture (Paperback)

(author)
£29.99
Paperback 210 Pages / Published: 30/11/2018
  • Coming soon

Awaiting publication

  • This item has been added to your basket

Genetic diversity is essential to the security of agriculture. Without the availability of a wide range of plant varieties and the genetic resources they contain, crops cannot adapt to combat the ever-changing threats of pests, diseases and climatic change. Yet, with the increasing industrialisation of modern agriculture, farming has become a business which centres on a handful of new, genetically similar 'super seeds'. Plants must evolve in order to survive, but modern agriculture has replaced diversity with uniformity, and security with vulnerability.

Saving the Seed traces the decline of crop varieties in European farming and describes what is being done to safeguard genetic resources for the future. Conservation efforts by government and industry suffer from serious drawbacks, with wrangles over ownership and control of resources. The crucial work is being done by individuals and grassroots organisations, who largely go unrecognised and under-resourced. What is urgently needed are sound policies to promote the diversification of agriculture and an integrated strategy for safeguarding the genetic base of our food system. Saving the Seed contains the most up-to-date information available on genetic resources in Europe and on those working to save them. Renee Vellve is a researcher at GRAIN, a no-governmental organisation working to promote the sustainable conservation and use of genetic diversity, based on grassroots approaches to genetic resources management. Originally published in 1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138928916
Number of pages: 210
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm

You may also be interested in...

Managing Scotland's Environment
Added to basket
Farmageddon
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Carbon Democracy
Added to basket
The Third Industrial Revolution
Added to basket
Urban Land Economics
Added to basket
£55.99
Paperback
The Burning Question
Added to basket
The Lost Fens
Added to basket
£17.99
Paperback
Drilling Down
Added to basket
£22.99
Paperback
Food: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
On the Other Side of Sorrow
Added to basket
Biodiversity
Added to basket
£34.00
Paperback
Overfishing
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Managing native broadleaved woodland
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.