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Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.

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Worldwide cross-country pattern of ecosystem and agricultural productivities

In this section it is pointed out that country-based agricultural productivity, population density and economic productivity do not reflect the expected primary productivity of potential vegetation. This is not explained simply by overseas trade or by uneven economic development. Cereals, or seed grains of annual plants, require enduring fertile soil and are naturally adapted to extratropical ecosystems. Crops from perennial plants such as tree fruits, roots and tubers are adapted to tropical ecosystems. The geographical patterns of human population and society also reflect the properties of natural ecosystems. It is suggested that sustainable land use needs to be evaluated from the properties of natural ecosystems.

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