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Items in Agriculture that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 30 days.


  • Why Forests? Why Now? : The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change / Frances Seymour, Jonah Busch
    SD 411 S49 2016eb

    Tropical forests are an undervalued asset in meeting the greatest global challenges of our time--averting climate change and promoting development. Despite their importance, tropical forests and their ecosystems are being destroyed at a high and even increasing rate in most forest-rich countries. The good news is that the science, economics, and politics are aligned to support a major international effort over the next five years to reverse tropical deforestation.

    Why Forests? Why Now? synthesizes the latest evidence on the importance of tropical forests in a way that is accessible to anyone interested in climate change and development and to readers already familiar with the problem of deforestation. It makes the case to decisionmakers in rich countries that rewarding developing countries for protecting their forests is urgent, affordable, and achievable.


  • Cities of Farmers : Urban Agricultural Practices and Processes / edited by Julie C. Dawson and Alfonso Morales
    S 494.5 U72 C585 2016eb

  • Nature's Burdens : Conservation and American Politics, The Reagan Era to the Present / Daniel Nelson
    S 930 N45 2017eb

    Nature's Burdens is a political and intellectual history of American natural resource conservation from the 1980s into the twenty-first century--a period of intense political turmoil, shifting priorities among federal policymakers, and changing ideas about the goals of conservation. Telling a story of persistent activism, conflict, and frustration but also of striking achievement, it is an account of how new ideas and policies regarding human relationships to plants, animals, and their surroundings have become vital features of modern environmentalism.

    In the 1960s and 1970s, Congress embraced the largely dormant movement to preserve distinctive landscapes and the growing demand for outdoor recreation, establishing an unprecedented number of parks, monuments, and recreation areas. The election of Ronald Reagan and a shift to a Republican-controlled Senate brought this activity to an abrupt halt and introduced a period of intense partisanship and legislative gridlock that extends to the present. In this political climate, three developments largely defined the role of conservation in contemporary society: environmental organizations have struggled to defend the legal status quo, private land conservation has become increasingly important, and the emergence of potent scientific voices has promoted the protection of animals and plants and injected a new sense of urgency into the larger cause.

    These developments mark this period as a distinctive and important chapter in the history of American conservation. Scrupulously researched, scientifically and politically well informed, concise, and accessibly written, Nature's Burdens is the most comprehensive examination of recent efforts to protect and enhance the natural world. It will be of interest to environmental historians, environmental activists, and any general reader interested in conservation.


  • On Strawberry Hill : The Transcendent Love of Gifford Pinchot and Laura Houghteling / Paula Ivaska Robbins ; foreword by Char Miller
    S 926 P56 R63 2017eb
    While not a biography of legendary American forester and conservationist Gifford Pinchot, On Strawberry Hill: The Transcendent Lov e of Gifford Pinchot and Laura Houghteling explores a vital and transformative facet of his personal life that, until now, has remained relatively unknown.'

    At its core, Paula Ivaska Robbins's On Strawberry Hill: The Transcendent Love of Gifford Pinchot and Laura Houghteling is a human interest story that cuts a neat slice across nineteenth-century America by bringing into juxtaposition a wide array of topics germane to the period--the national fascination with spiritualism, the death scourge that was tuberculosis, the rise of sanitariums and tourism in the southern highlands, the expansion of railroad travel, the rage for public parklands and playgrounds, and the development of professional forestry and green preservation'all through the very personal love story of two young blue bloods.

    Born into a wealthy New York family, Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) served two terms as Pennsylvania's governor and was the first chief of the US Forest Service, which today manages 192 million acres across the country. Pinchot also created the Society of American Foresters, the organization that oversees his chosen profession, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the oldest forestry school in America. Ultimately, he and his friend President Theodore Roosevelt made forestry the focus of a national land conservation movement.

    But before these accomplishments, Gifford Pinchot fell in love with Laura Houghteling, daughter of the head of the Chicago Board of Trade, while she recuperated from "consumption" at Strawberry Hill, the family retreat in Asheville, North Carolina. In his twenties at the time and still a budding forester, Pinchot was working just across the French Broad River at George Vanderbilt's great undertaking, the Biltmore Estate, when the young couple's relationship blossomed. Although Laura would eventually succumb to the disease, their brief romance left an indelible mark on Gifford, who recorded his ongoing relationship, and mental conversations, with Laura in his daily diary entries long after her death. He steadfastly remained a bachelor for twenty years while accomplishing the major highlights of his career.

    This poignant book focuses on that phenomenon of devotion and inspiration, providing a unique window into the private practice of spiritualism in the context of Victorian mores, while offering new perspectives on Pinchot and early American forestry. In addition, preeminent Pinchot biographer Char Miller contributes an excellent foreword.

  • Bison and People on the North American Great Plains : A Deep Environmental History / edited by Geoff Cunfer and Bill Waiser ; foreword by Sterling Evans
    SK 297 B57 2016eb

  • Good Apples : Behind Every Bite / Susan Futrell
    SB 363 F88 2017eb

  • My City Highrise Garden / Susan Brownmiller
    SB 453.2 N7 B76 2017eb
    Gardening on rooftops, balconies, and terraces is a popular trend. After thirty-five years of experience, Susan Brownmiller writes with honesty and humor about her oasis twenty floors above a Manhattan street.

    She reports the catastrophes: losing daytime access during building-wide renovations; assaults from a mockingbird during his mating season. And the joys: a peach tree fruited for fifteen years; the windswept birches lasted for twenty-five. Butterflies and bees pay annual visits. She pampers a buddleia, a honeysuckle, roses, hydrangeas, and more. Her adventures celebrate the tenacity of nature, inviting readers to marvel at her garden's resilience, and her own.

    Enhanced by over thirty color photographs, this passionate account of green life in a gritty, urban environment will appeal to readers and gardeners wherever they dwell.

  • Whose Dog Are You? : The Technology of Dog Breeds and The Aesthetics of Modern Human-Canine Relations / Martin Wallen
    SF 427.2 W354 2017eb
    The intriguing question in the title comes from an inscription on the collar of a dog Alexander Pope gave to the Prince of Wales. When Pope wrote the famous couplet "I am his Highness' Dog at Kew, / Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are You?" the question was received as an expression of loyalty. That was an era before there were dog breeds and, not coincidentally, before people were generally believed to develop affectionate bonds with dogs. This interdisciplinary study focuses on the development of dog breeds in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Beginning with the Foxhound--the first modern breed--it examines the aesthetic, political, and technological forces that generate modern human-canine relations. These forces have colluded over the past two hundred years to impose narrow descriptions of human-canine relations and to shape the dogs physically into acceptable and recognizable breeds. The largest question in animal studies today--how alterity affects human-animal relations--cannot fully be considered until the two approaches to this question are understood as complements of one another: one beginning from aesthetics, the other from technology. Most of all, the book asks if we can engage with dogs in ways that allow them to remain dogs.

  • Cattle in the Backlands : Mato Grosso and the Evolution of Ranching in the Brazilian Tropics / Robert W. Wilcox
    SF 196 B6W55 2017eb

  • Plant Microbiome: Stress Response edited by Dilfuza Egamberdieva, Parvaiz Ahmad
    S1

  • Molecular aspects of plant-pathogen interaction / Archana Singh, Indrakant K. Singh, editors
    SB732.7

  • Rice genomics, genetics and breeding / Takuji Sasaki, Motoyuki Ashikari, editors
    SB191.R5

  • The wild oryza genomes / Tapan K. Mondal, Robert J. Henry, editors
    SB191.R5

  • Downy mildew disease of crucifers : biology, ecology and disease management / Govind Singh Saharan, Naresh Mehta, Prabhu Dayal Meena
    SB 608 C877 S243 2017eb
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