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.



The role of biological control in sustainable agriculture

More than 40 per cent of world food production is lost to insect pests, plant pathogens and weeds every year, despite the annual application of over 3 million metric tons of pesticides. Proven pest management practices developed over several millennia have been supplanted by a vast amount of synthetic chemicals. Although the amount of pesticides applied to crops in the United States has increased 10-fold since 1945, crop losses to insects have doubled over the same period (Pimentel, 2008).


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