Daily Archives: February 18, 2021

China supports IAEA and Iran in handling nuclear issue via dialogue


Published on Feb 18, 2021

For more: https://www.cgtn.com/video

The International Atomic Energy Agency (#IAEA​) chief Rafael Grossi is expected to visit #Tehran​ on Saturday to talk about a solution for the IAEA to continue essential verification activities in the country. Iran announced earlier this week it would stop on February 23 implementing voluntary transparency measures under the 2015 nuclear deal, which would impact IAEA’s monitoring activities. Chinese Foreign Minister spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Thursday China supports the IAEA and Iran in properly handling issues related to safeguards through dialogue and consultation, hoping that all parties will play a constructive role in this regard. She also called on the U.S. to return to the nuclear agreement.

The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor: Martin Meredith

A sweeping history the fortune seekers, adventurers, despots, and thieves who have ruthlessly endeavored to extract gold, diamonds, and other treasures from Africa and its people.

Africa has been coveted for its rich natural resources ever since the era of the Pharaohs. In past centuries, it was the lure of gold, ivory, and slaves that drew merchant-adventurers and conquerors from afar. In modern times, the focus of attention is on oil, diamonds, and other rare earth minerals.

In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires; the spread of Christianity and Islam; the enduring quest for gold and other riches; the exploits of explorers and missionaries; and the impact of European colonization. He examines, too, the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse of their future.

His cast of characters includes religious leaders, mining magnates, warlords, dictators, and many other legendary figures-among them Mansa Musa, ruler of the medieval Mali empire, said to be the richest man the world has ever known.


“Mr. Meredith artfully weaves together exploration, trade, and geography in a narrative that is both detailed and arresting…. [He] leaves the reader bursting with a wealth of facts.”
The Economist

“Even the longtime specialist is likely to learn lots of things because of the extraordinary amount of ground the author covers.”
Howard French, Wall Street Journal

“This is the new standard against which future histories will be considered.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A gripping tale of insatiable greed-personal and collective.”
Booklist, starred review

“[A] broad-ranging history of Africa from the age of the pharaohs to the present, with a solid emphasis on economics…richly detailed…a useful study.”
Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. His previous books include Mandela; Mugabe; Diamonds, Gold, and War; Born in Africa; and The Fate of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.

  • Publisher : PublicAffairs; Illustrated edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 784 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1610394593
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1610394598
  • Item Weight : 3.05 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.5 x 2.3 x 9.3 inches

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth: Tom Burgis

The trade in oil, gas, gems, metals and rare earth minerals wreaks havoc in Africa. During the years when Brazil, India, China and the other “emerging markets” have transformed their economies, Africa’s resource states remained tethered to the bottom of the industrial supply chain. While Africa accounts for about 30 per cent of the world’s reserves of hydrocarbons and minerals and 14 per cent of the world’s population, its share of global manufacturing stood in 2011 exactly where it stood in 2000: at 1 percent.

In his first book, The Looting Machine, Tom Burgis exposes the truth about the African development miracle: for the resource states, it’s a mirage. The oil, copper, diamonds, gold and coltan deposits attract a global network of traders, bankers, corporate extractors and investors who combine with venal political cabals to loot the states’ value. And the vagaries of resource-dependent economies could pitch Africa’s new middle class back into destitution just as quickly as they climbed out of it. The ground beneath their feet is as precarious as a Congolese mine shaft; their prosperity could spill away like crude from a busted pipeline.

This catastrophic social disintegration is not merely a continuation of Africa’s past as a colonial victim. The looting now is accelerating as never before. As global demand for Africa’s resources rises, a handful of Africans are becoming legitimately rich but the vast majority, like the continent as a whole, is being fleeced. Outsiders tend to think of Africa as a great drain of philanthropy. But look more closely at the resource industry and the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world looks rather different. In 2010, fuel and mineral exports from Africa were worth 333 billion, more than seven times the value of the aid that went in the opposite direction. But who received the money? For every Frenchwoman who dies in childbirth, 100 die in Niger alone, the former French colony whose uranium fuels France’s nuclear reactors. In petro-states like Angola three-quarters of government revenue comes from oil. The government is not funded by the people, and as result it is not beholden to them. A score of African countries whose economies depend on resources are rentier states; their people are largely serfs. The resource curse is not merely some unfortunate economic phenomenon, the product of an intangible force. What is happening in Africa’s resource states is systematic looting. Like its victims, its beneficiaries have names.

About the Author

Tom Burgis has been tenacious and intrepid in confronting the powerful vested interests — corporate, military, financial and political — that have fed to excess off Africa’s riches. He has been reporting for the Financial Times for the last eight years, writing a series of prizewinning investigative reports from Johannesburg and Lagos. He was the winner of the FT’s second annual Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize for his superb reporting and exposéof corruption, and the Jerwood Award for a nonfiction book in progress for The Looting Machine. He was shortlisted as a young journalist of the year for his Africa reports. The Looting Machine is his first book.

  • Publisher : PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1610397118
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1610397117
  • Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches

Forced Migration and Colonial Legacies: Oxford and Empire Network Tickets, Wed 24 Feb 2021 at 12:30

A Lunchtime Series of Online Discussion Panels

About this Event

This event will now be livestreamed. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/4UvkN3GM5Ec For a reminder closer to the time of the event, please do book a ticket and an email via Eventbrite will be sent with the YouTube link.

This panel has been organised by Common Ground, Oxford, which is a student organisation in the University of Oxford that seeks to examine Oxford’s colonial past, and engage with activist organisations in the city. For more information about Common Ground, see their website: https://commonground-oxford.com/

Chair: Alice Wong and Maya Dissanayake-Perera

Meera Sabaratnam: Senior Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS

Saadia Gardezi: Co-founder of Project Dastaan

Jess Wallis: Representative of STAR Oxford (Student Action for Refugees)

The relationship between Oxford and Empire has recently been the subject of considerable attention, both within and outside the institution, and the intersecting areas of travel and translation are ones in which Oxford has played a particularly prominent role. The University of Oxford was a leading institution for the teaching of Orientalism and Oriental languages, and the training of imperial administrators. It was also instrumental in the development of anthropology as an academic discipline. This close relationship between Oxford and Empire is embodied in the many prominent translators and travellers who have studied and worked here, including William Jones, Edwin Arnold, Max Müller, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, and Amitav Ghosh.

This series will bring together researchers in Oxford and elsewhere to foster interdisciplinary communication and a more consolidated examination of Oxford’s imperial legacies. It will therefore include a diversity of scholars and students who are working in this area in different disciplines and fields.

Meera Sabaratnam is Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Her research concerns the colonial and postcolonial dimensions of world politics, both in theory and practice. She has recently published on the workings of the international aid system in an award-winning open access monograph Decolonising Intervention (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017), and on racism, Eurocentrism and whiteness in IR and critical pedagogy. At SOAS she has served as the Chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group and the Academic Senate. In the former role she has worked extensively on what it means to ‘decolonise’ learning and teaching and the wider university environment. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Saadia Gardezi is a journalist and political cartoonist from Pakistan. She is the co-founder of Project Dastaan, an organization that records oral histories of survivors from the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, and reconnects these survivors to their ancestral homes across the India-Pakistan-Bangladesh borders using VR and other new technologies. Project Dastaan was started in Oxford in 2018 when Saadia was a Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholar at St Edmund Hall reading for MPhil Modern South Asian Studies. She is currently a PhD student and Chancellor’s Scholar at Warwick University, UK.

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Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries: Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for Climate-Smart Agriculture (World Bank Studies): Sebastian B. Scholz, Thomas Sembres, Kelli Roberts, Thea Whitman, Kelpie Wilson, Johannes Lehmann

Biochar is the carbon-rich organic matter that remains after heating biomass under minimization of oxygen during a process called pyrolysis. Its relevance to deforestation, agricultural resilience, and energy production, particularly in developing countries, makes it an important issue. This report offers a review of what is known about opportunities and risks of biochar systems. Its aim is to provide a state of the art overview of current knowledge regarding biochar science. In that sense the report also offers a reconciling view on different scientific opinions about biochar providing an overall account that shows the various perspectives of its science and application. This includes soil and agricultural impacts of biochar, climate change impacts, social impacts, and competing uses of biomass.

The report aims to contextualize the current scientific knowledge in order to put it at use to address the development- climate change nexus, including social and environmental sustainability. The report is organized as follows: chapter one offers some introductory comments and notes the increasing interest in biochar both from a scientific as well as from a practitioner’s point of view; chapter two gives further background on biochar, describing its characteristics and outlining the way in which biochar systems function. Chapter three then considers the opportunities and risks of biochar systems, chapter four presents a typology of biochar systems emerging in practice, particularly in the developing world. New, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14040-based life-cycle assessments of the net climate change impact and the net economic profitability of three biochar systems with data collected from relatively advanced biochar projects were conducted for this report and are presented in chapter five, providing a novel understanding of the full life-cycle impacts of these known biochar systems. Chapter six investigates various aspects of technology adoption, including barriers to implementing promising systems, focusing on economics, carbon market access, and sociocultural barriers. Finally, the status of knowledge regarding biochar systems is interpreted in chapter seven to determine potential implications for future involvement in biochar research, policy, and project formulation.

  • Publisher : World Bank Publications (June 23, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 230 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0821395254
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0821395257
  • Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 7 x 0.48 x 10 inches

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Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed: James C. Scott

“One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades.”—John Gray, New York Times Book Review

“A powerful, and in many insightful, explanation as to why grandiose programs of social reform, not to mention revolution, so often end in tragedy. . . . An important critique of visionary state planning.”—Robert Heilbroner, Lingua Franca

Hailed as “a magisterial critique of top-down social planning” by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often fail—sometimes catastrophically—in grand efforts to engineer their society or their environment, and uncovers the conditions common to all such planning disasters.

“Beautifully written, this book calls into sharp relief the nature of the world we now inhabit.”—New Yorker

“A tour de force.”— Charles Tilly, Columbia University


“One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades. . . . A fascinating interpretation of the growth of the modern state. . . . Scott presents a formidable argument against using the power of the state in an attempt to reshape the whole of society.”—John Gray, New York Times Book Review

“Illuminating and beautifully written, this book calls into sharp relief the nature of the world we now inhabit.”—New Yorker

“James C. Scott has written a powerful, and in many insightful, explanation as to why grandiose programs of social reform, not to mention revolution, so often end in tragedy—the Soviet disaster being the textbook case. . . . He has produced an important critique of visionary state planning.”—Robert Heilbroner, Lingua Franca

“[An] important book. . . . The author’s choice of cases is fascinating and goes well beyond the familiar ones like Soviet collectivization.”―Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs

“In a treatment that can only be termed brilliant, [Scott] has produced a major contribution to developmental literature. . . . This is a book of seminal importance for comparative politics and, indeed, for the social sciences. Highly recommended.”—Choice

“Mr. Scott tells the story in witty, sparkling prose of these (Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, among others) relentless social engineers and how they tried to impose for all eternity a perfect social order or an urban blueprint, regardless of human cost and unremitting human refractoriness.”―Washington Times

“An important and powerful work that deserves to be read by anyone interested in large-scale public planning. . . . Among the book’s virtues are its lucid style, deep learning, and wide range of fascinating cases.”―Gideon Rose, Washington Monthly

“Where Seeing Like a State is original, and often startling so, is in its meticulous accumulation of empirical evidence that describes the failure of grandiose state projects to improve the human condition.”—Brian C. Anderson, Public Interest

Seeing Like a State is a worldly, academic synthesis of the destructive hubris of large-scale rational planning. . . . What Scott does that is brilliant is talk about how states and large institutions acquire the knowledge that they ultimately use to govern.”—Michael Schrage, Across the Board

“Its global focus, its attention to issues of environment and economic development too often ignored by non profits scholars, and its impressive grasp of how organizations work, recommend it to anyone seriously interested in the future of public life.”—Peter Dobkin Hall, ARNOVA News

“Scott’s book is a paean to human liberty, a very complicated paean. . . . This book [owes] much of its value to the details of the particular case studies, and to Scott’s enthusiasm and ingenuity in seeing links among apparently different human projects. He has written a remarkably interesting book on social engineering.”—Cass R. Sunstein, New Republic

“In Seeing Like a State James Scott has given us powerful new paradigms of state action and popular resistance. His work is sure to inspire new thinking and research in history and social sciences.”—Fred Murphy, Reader’s Catalog

“Brilliant . . . [Scott] has produced a major contribution to developmental literature . . . this is a book of seminal importance for comparative politics and indeed, for the social sciences.”—Choice

“Scott’s book . . . is an important and powerful work that deserves to be read by anyone interested in large-scale public planning. . . . Among the book’s virtues are its lucid style, deep learning, and wide range of fascinating cases.”—Gideon Rose, Washington Monthly

Seeing Like a State is a worldly, academic synthesis of the destructive hubris of large-scale rational planning. . . . Scott . . . takes a few powerful but basic themes and builds a persuasive case against what he calls ‘High Modernism.’ High Modernism, in essence, is the ideology of grand rational planners whose initiatives are based on the perfectibility of man. What Scott does that is brilliant is talk about how states and large institutions acquire the knowledge that they ultimately use to govern.”—Michael Schrage, Across the Board

Seeing Like a State has a great deal of merit. In exploring the sensorium of a Leviathan, Scott is standing on the shoulders of Foucault, but he has opened up an important issue to popular debate.”—Gary Sturgess, Policy

Seeing Like a State remains a tremendous achievement, easily one of the most impressive and important books of recent years.”—Jesse Walker, Reason

“This is a book rich in ideas and arguments.”—Ronald Grigor Suny, Slavic Review

“This is a magisterial book. . . . Scott’s conceptual contributions will have a profound impact on our own making sense of the world.”―David D. Laitin, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

“A lucid and richly illustrated study. . . . While the book itself is a tour de force, Scott’s final destination in the conclusion is a personal and passionate argument for liberal democracy . . . as the only practical means of harmonizing local experience with the responsibilities of statecraft. Scholars and policy planners concerned with Africa have much to learn from Scott’s methodology and his message.”—James C. McCann, International Journal of African Historical Studies

“James Scott’s tantalizing treatise invites us to ponder carefully the tragedies of modern state interventions as we struggle to recognize the resources people have to qualify those efforts and pursue possibilities for improving the future.”—R. Bin Wong, Political Science Quarterly

“Scott’s scholarship is formidable, his insights many, his rich detail usually stilling criticism. . . . This is a book of powerful case studies.”—Michael Mann, American Journal of Sociology

“This is an enjoyable read. . . . Scott has made a valuable contribution to comparative development literature by distilling bout some of the essential features of development plans to show how they cause failure. . . . Hopefully his insights will lead to changes in development planning to avoid the pitfalls he identifies.”―Sharon R. Murphy, Review of Politics

“An engrossing book that formulates some big ideas with a sweeping and inventive register of examples, Seeing Like a State promises to join an ever-growing list of works by James Scott destined to achieve that most desirable of academic fates—longevity.”—Akil Gupta, Journal of Asian Studies

“This is a book to which the highest words of praise, those most thriftily dispensed, are justly applied. It amounts to a brilliant, dense, fascinating and—rarest of all in academic publishing—prophetic case against the hubris of what it calls high-modernist planning and for the respect of both local knowledge and conditions of complex diversity. It deserves a wide reading across disciplines and beyond the university.”—Roger Epp, Canadian Journal of Political Science

Winner of the 2000 Mattei Dogan Award

2015 Wildavsky Award for Enduring Contribution to Policy Studies, from the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association

“The ‘perfection’ Scott so rightly and with such tremendous skill and erudition debunks in his book he himself has nearly reached, as far as positing and presenting the problem is concerned. The case of what the order-crazy mind is capable of doing and why we need to stop it from doing it has been established ‘beyond any reasonable doubt’ and with a force that cannot be strengthened.”—Zygmunt Bauman, emeritus professor, University of Leeds

“A tour de force. . . . Reading the book delighted and inspired me. It’s not the first time Jim Scott has had that effect.”—Charles Tilly, Columbia University

“Stunning insights, an original position, and a conceptual approach of global application. Scott’s book will at once take its place among the decade’s truly seminal contributions to comparative politics.”—M. Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“James Scott is one of the most original and interesting social scientists whom I know. So it is no surprise that Seeing Like a State is a broad ranging, theoretically important, and empirically grounded treatment of the modern state. For anyone interested in learning about this fundamental tension of modernity and about the destruction wrought in the twentieth century as a consequence of the dominant development ideology of the simplifying state, high modernism, Seeing Like a State is a must read.”—Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Professor of Government and Social Studies at Harvard University and author of Hitler’s Willing Executioners

“A broad-ranging, theoretically important, and empirically grounded treatment of the modern state and its propensity to simplify and make legible a society which by nature is complex and opaque. For anyone interested in learning about this fundamental tension of modernity and about the destruction wrought in the twentieth century as a consequence of the dominant development ideology of the simplifying state, this is a must-read.”—Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of Hitler’s Willing Executioners

About the Author

James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and codirector of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University.

  • Publisher : Yale University Press (March 17, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0300246757
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0300246759
  • Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5 x 1.3 x 7.7 inches

For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have field the projects of the organised state societies that surround them slavery, conscription, taxes, corvee labour, epidemics and warfare. Significantly, writes James C.Scott in this iconoclastic study, these people are not innocent who have yet to benefit from all that civilization has to offer; they have assessed state-based civilizations and have made a conscious choice to avoid them. The book is essentially an anarchist history , the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making that evaluates why people would deliberately and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agriculture practices that enhance mobiliy; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states.

The Art of Not Being Governed challenges us with a radically different approach to history that views events from the perspective of stateless peoples and redefines state-making as a form of internal colonialism. In contrast to the Western ideal of the social contract as fundamental to state-making Scott finds the disturbing mechanism of subjugation to be more in line with the historical facts in mainland area studies that will be applicable to other runaway, fugitive, and marooned communities, they Gypsies, Cossacks, tribes fleeing slave raiders, Marsh Arabs, or San-bushmen. In accessible language, James Scott, recognized worldwide as an eminent authority in Southeast Asian, peasant, and agrarian studies, tells the story of the peoples of Zomia and their unlikely odyssey in search of self-determination. Along the way he redefines our views on Asian politics, history, and demographics, and even our fundamental ideas about what constitutes civilization.

About the Author

James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science, professor of anthropology, and codirector of the Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • Publisher : Orient Blackswan (March 1, 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 462 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 812503921X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8125039211
  • Item Weight : 1.76 pounds
  • Dimensions : 7.99 x 10 x 1.85 inches


Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance: James C. Scott

“Splendid . . . Combines the readability of Akenfield or Pig Earth with an accessible and illuminating theoretical commentary.”—A.F. Robertson, Times Higher Education Supplement

Weapons of the Weak is a brilliant book, combining a sure feel for the subjective side of struggle with a deft handling of economic and political trends.”—John R. Bowen, Journal of Peasant Studies

“No one who wants to understand peasant society, in or out of Southeast Asia, or theories of change, should fail to read [this
book].”—Daniel S. Lev,
Journal of Asian Studies

This sensitive picture of the constant and circumspect struggle waged by peasants materially and ideologically against their oppressors shows that techniques of evasion and resistance may represent the most significant and effective means of class struggle in the long run.

This sensitive picture of the constant and circumspect struggle waged by peasants materially and ideologically against their oppressors show that techniques of evasion and resistance may represent the most significant and effective means of class struggle in the long run.

  • Publisher : Yale University Press; Reprint edition (September 10, 1987)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 422 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0300036418
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0300036411
  • Item Weight : 1.48 pounds
  • Dimensions : 9.23 x 6.17 x 1.24 inches


Agriculture’s Ethical Horizon | Robert L Zimdahl

The second edition of Agriculture’s Ethical Horizon is a carefully considered application of philosophical concepts, such as utilitarianism and positivism, to the practice of agricultural science. Author Robert Zimdahl argues for an approach to agriculture guided by foundational values, and addresses the questions: What are the goals of agricultural and weed science? What should their goals be? How do and how should the practitioners of agriculture address complex ethical questions?

This book engages students, researchers, and professionals across disciplines including horticulture, soil and plant science, entomology, and more, all without requiring a background in philosophy. It examines topics such as scientific truth and myth, moral confidence in agriculture, the relevance of ethics to sustainability, and biotechnology. New to this edition is a chapter examining the raising, housing and slaughter of animals for human food, and a chapter on alternative and organic agricultural systems.


Praise for the first edition: “This book takes on the largest scientific and ethical challenge of our past and present and does so in an engaging manner.” – Wes Jackson, President, The Land Institute

Agriculture’s Ethical Horizon is both a competent review of value conflicts in agriculture and a striking tale of the intellectual, even spiritual, transformation of an agriculturalist who was a leader in one agriculture’s most dramatic technical revolutions, the development of chemical weed control. Everyone will find something to criticize. No alert reader will be left unaffected and most will have responses which, in their sense of being intellectually cool, they will have to admit are profoundly emotional–one way or the other. I predict that whole conferences will be based on this book. Historians of environmental sciences should pay particular attention.” – Stanislaus J. Dundon, California State University, Sacramento

This important book explores agriculture’s ethical horizon: the boundary line that separates and delineates one’s outlook and knowledge

About the Author

Robert L. Zimdahl is a Professor of Weed Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Oregon State University. Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Zimdahl was elected a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America in 1986 and currently serves as editor of that society’s journal, Weed Science. He has been a member of several international task forces and has authored a number of books and articles on the subject of weed science. He is the author of Fundamentals of Weed Science, and Six Chemicals that Changed Agriculture both from Elsevier.

  • Publisher : Elsevier; 2nd edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 308 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0124160433
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0124160439
  • Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches

Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs To Know | F. Bailey Norwood, Pascal A. Oltenacu, , Michelle S. Calvo-Lorenzo, Sarah Lancaster

The world is more interested in issues surrounding agricultural and food issues than ever before. Are pesticides safe? Should we choose locally grown food? Why do some people embrace new agricultural technologies while others steadfastly defend traditional farming methods? In the debates about organic food, genetically modified organisms, and farm animal welfare, it’s not always clear what the scientific studies are actually telling us.

To understand these controversies and more, the authors of Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know begin

by encouraging readers to develop an understanding of how two well-educated people can form radically different opinions about food. Sometimes the disputes are scientific in nature, and sometimes they arise from conflicting ethical views. This book confronts the most controversial issues in agriculture by first explaining the principles of each side of the debate, guiding readers through the scientific literature so that they can form their own educated opinions.

Questions asked:
– Are organic foods truly better for your health?
– Are chemical fertilizers sustainable, or are we producing cheap food at the expense of future generations?
– What foods should we eat to have a smaller carbon footprint?
– Does buying local food stimulate the local economy?
– Why are so many farm animals raised indoors?
– Should antibiotics be given to livestock?
– Is genetically-modified food the key to global food security, and does it give corporations too much market power?
– Is the prevalence of corn throughout the food system the result of farm subsidies?

Providing a combination of research and popular opinions on both sides of the issue, Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know allows readers to decide for themselves what they personally value and believe to be important when it comes to their food.

About the Authors

All authors are present or former faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. Their commonality is their commitment to helping the public understand agricultural issues through their teaching, research, and writings.

F. Bailey Norwood is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. His previous works includes Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Warfare and Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis, an undergraduate textbook.

Michelle S. Calvo-Lorenzo is an Assistant Professor of Livestock Well-Being and Environmental Management in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.

Sarah Lancaster is an Extension Scientist at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center at the University of Florida.

Pascal A. Oltenacu is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Florida.

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (December 5, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 168 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0199368422
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0199368426
  • Item Weight : 6.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.38 x 8.25 inches