The 'Green Revolution' destroying biodiversity?

The 'Green Revolution' has undermined the role of farmers in managing genetic resources, argue the editors of Growing diversity. As new varieties bred in research centres have displaced traditional varieties, farmers' own local knowledge and understanding of natural resources has been eroded too. But recognition of the vital importance of plant genetic resources for world food security, and the crucial role of small-scale farmers in developing sustainable approaches to agriculture, IS growing. The contributors to this book document the achievement of farmers in developing crop varieties tailored to their needs, and demonstrate how these approaches can be built upon to promote both conservation and sustainable development. Other chapters survey the limitations of the formal systems of plant genetic resource conservation and improvement. Growing diversity edited by David Cooper, Renee Vellve and Henk Hobbelink 1992 192pp ISBN 1 85339 119 0 Pbk UKL9.95 IT Publications Ltd 103-105 Southampton Row London WC1B 4HH, UK

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Main Author: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation
Format: News Item biblioteca
Published: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation 1992
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