Just want to let everyone know about a fantastic book that is newly published called
"Small Steps Towards Abundance; Crops for a More Sustainable Agriculture"
by Dr. Elaine M. Solowey. Elaine is a master horticulturist who founded the Center
for Sustainable Agriculture at the Arava Institute in Israel.
She has spent a lifetime working on adapting cultivars to harsh climates.
Her book asks the question "Is it possible to create abundance in the world?"
answers with a firm "yes" and proceeds to break down the problem of world hunger
into fundamental problems beginning with the health of the soil, then
proposes solutions and includes a lengthy encyclopedia of cultivars that she has
identified as being potentially useful to create sustainable agriculture.
Also included are discussions of why conventional fertilizers, monoculture farms and
genetically modified cultivars are damaging to the ecology and the dinnerplate, and overviews
of alternative methods of agriculture.
The book is interesting and easily understandable for the layperson,
and contains a wealth of information that will be valuable to gardeners,
farmers, agronomists, developmental planners etc. It is available from Bibliobooks at
http://www.bibliobooks.com/elaine_solowey.html and I highly recommend it.