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Conceptualizing Sustainability

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Dixon, John M.; Varughese, George; Sharma, Prem N.; Shivakoti, Ganesh P.
Book Title: People and Participation in Sustainable Development: Understanding the Dynamics of Natural Resource Systems
Publisher: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University and Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Page(s): 7-10
Date: 1997
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/66
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): sustainability
resource management
Abstract: "Despite the recent success in expanding global food supply--today's population of 5.8 billion have, on average, 15 percent more food per capita than the global population of 4 billion had two decades ago)--shamefully, more than 800 million are still chronically hungry, mostly living in rural areas. Moreover, reports of civil unrest caused by shortages of food or high prices are all too frequent. Thus, the International Commission on Peace and Food in their report Uncommon Opportunities note that 'food has become a symbol of our collective human endeavor to create a better world for all'. Food production depends ultimately on sound and productive natural resource systems. The per capita availability of land and water for agriculture is limited and declining as a consequence of increasing population, degradation and redirection of land and water to domestic and industrial uses. Moreover, significant environmental costs have been associated with the past successful agricultural growth, such as salinization, soil erosion, lowering water tables, and loss of biodiversity."

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