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Cultivating Crisis

Cultivating Crisis
The Human Cost of Pesticides in Latin America

The author draws on ten years of field research to tell the stories of international development strategies, pesticide problems, and agrarian change in Latin America.

January 1994
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191 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 b&w illus., 11 figures, 1 map, 22 tables |
ISBN: 
978-0-292-75169-9
Description: 

Since World War II, the Green Revolution has boosted agricultural production in Latin America and other parts of the Third World, with money, technical assistance, and other forms of aid from United States development agencies. But the Green Revolution came at a high price—massive pesticide dependence that has caused serious socioeconomic and public health problems and widespread environmental damage.

In this study, Douglas Murray draws on ten years of field research to tell the stories of international development strategies, pesticide problems, and agrarian change in Latin America. Interwoven with his considerations of economic and geopolitical dimensions are the human consequences for individual farmers and rural communities.

This highly interdisciplinary study, integrating the perspectives of sociology, ecology, economics, political science, and public health, adds an important voice to the debate on opportunities for and obstacles to more lasting and sustainable development in the Third World. It will be of interest to a wide audience in the social and environmental sciences.

Contents: 
  • Preface
  • 1. Development’s Unkept Promise
  • 2. Pesticides and the Central American Cotton Boom
  • 3. Cotton and the Pesticide Crisis
  • 4. Addressing the Crisis through Nontraditional Agriculture
  • 5. Pesticides and Social Inequity in Nontraditional Agriculture
  • 6. The Search for Solutions: Integrated Pest Management
  • 7. The Search for Solutions: The Safe-Use Paradigm
  • 8. Pesticides, Development, and Crisis: Toward a Resolution
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Author: 

Douglas L. Murray is an assistant professor of sociology at Colorado State University.

Reviews: 

“This book will interest those wishing a balanced insight into the ecological and economic problems associated with fostering sustainable development in Third World countries.”
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