Custodios de la Biodiversidad

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Edizioni Angolo Manzoni and FAO, 2003 - Nature - 128 pages
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Agricultural biodiversity is a legacy from past generations that we have a moral obligation to pass on, intact, to the next generations so that they can retain all options for dealing with the future. The photographs of Pablo Balbontín Arenas, reproduced in this book, give an idea of genetic diversity. They provide an insight into the life and customs of farmers who foster, maintain and use genetic diversity in traditional agricultural systems, deploying local techniques and knowledge accumulated over many centuries. Pablo has chosen four crops (wheat, rice, maize and potato) that together account for more than 50 percent of human calorie intake from plants, and has traveled to areas where each of these crops has been domesticated and developed over thousands of years, seeking out communities and settlements that are generally difficult to reach and therefore 'uncontaminated', in which to observe and photograph local agricultural traditions.--Publisher's description.

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