Biodiversity and Development

Authored by: John Vandermeer

The Routledge Handbook of Food Ethics

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138809130
eBook ISBN: 9781315745503
Adobe ISBN: 9781317595502

10.4324/9781315745503.ch20

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Abstract

Recent human history and deep biological history have converged onto a nettlesome conundrum. The world’s main store of biological diversity exists in tropical areas of the planet, a consequence of some complicated evolutionary processes. The world’s heaviest concentration of poverty exists in tropical areas of the planet, a consequence of some complicated human historical processes. Since generalized development agendas are appropriately concentrated in underdeveloped parts of the world, and since most of that world is concentrated in tropical climates, the interlacing of biodiversity and development is a reality that perhaps deserves more attention that it normally receives. Since agricultural development is normally thought of as part and parcel of general development schemes, the two issues of food and biodiversity are organically linked in contemporary culture.

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