For as long as they have inhabited tropical forests, people have used, managed and transformed natural resources in their quest for food. The future of tropical forests and their human inhabitants will continue to depend on the ways - wise or otherwise - in which food is procured and produced.
In this book, scientists from disciplines spanning the natural and social sciences have focused on the biocultural interactions between tropical forest food resources and the communities they sustain. The volume's 74 chapters are organized into six major sections dealing with: evolution and history of tropical forests in relation to food availability; food production and nutritional value of wild and semi-cultivated species; adaptive aspects of food consumption and energy expenditure; feeding strategies in relation to environmental variation; cultural factors in food choices; and management alternatives for the rational use of tropical forests in years to come. Each section begins with a background chapter that provides key references and attempts to integrate the individual chapters in terms of overall themes and salient problems.
The book's interdisciplinary approach makes it a valuable source of ideas and data upon which natural and social scientists can draw for discussion and analysis. It will also assist managers, planners, development agencies and concerned individuals in making the right decisions about the future of tropical forests and the people who live in them.
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Book Description Parthenon, Carnforth, 1993. Book Condition: Good. 852p very thick volume, hardback, minor library marlking, fresh clean copy, very well preserved, this title was published in the series Man and the Biosphere. Bookseller Inventory # PAB 160945