Agricoltura e cambiamento climatico
Fritjof Capra con Anna Lappé
Today it is becoming more and more evident that the major problems of our time — energy, the environment, climate change, food security — cannot be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which means they are all interconnected and interdependent and require corresponding systemic solutions. Systemic problems have harmful consequences in several different areas; this important insight can be illustrated with the example of agriculture and its causal connections with climate change.
Chemical agriculture, for instance, with its disregard for soil health and its reliance on synthetic fertilizers, leaves soil especially at risk to extreme weather events, such as droughts and flooding. Moreover, industrial agriculture contributes significantly to the greenhouse gases causing climate change, especially because the system is so energy intensive and fossil-fuel dependent.
Fortunately, there is a viable and sustainable alternative to industrial agriculture. It consists of a variety of agricultural techniques, based on ecological principles that have been refined over the past century and are being adopted around the world. Agroecology is able to raise agricultural productivity in ways that are economically viable, environmentally benign and socially uplifting.
Fritjof Capra, Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life, and Learning from Leonardo. He is coauthor, with Pier Luigi Luisi, of the multidisciplinary textbook, Vita e natura. Una visione sistemica (Aboca Edizioni, Sansepolcro, 2014). www.fritjofcapra.net
Anna Lappé is an internationally recognized expert on food systems and sustainable agriculture and a bestselling author. She is a contributing author to ten books and the author or co-author of three, including her most recent, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury USA, 2010). She currently directs the Real Food Media Project and, with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, is a founder of the Small Planet Institute and Fund.
Year of publication: 2016
Size: cm 12,5 x 21
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