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NEW BOOKS

Nature’s Matrix – Linking Agriculture, Biodiversity Conservation and Food Sovereignty, 2nd Edition

Ivette Perfecto, John Vandermeer, Angus Wright, 2019, Routledge, 296 p., £36.99, ISBN: 9780367137816

When first published in 2009, Nature’s Matrix set out a radical new approach to the conservation of biodiversity. This new edition pushes the frontier of the biodiversity/agriculture debate further, making an even stronger case for the need to transform agriculture and support small- and medium-scale agroecology and food sovereignty.

The text is thoroughly revised, including a reorganization of chapters with new and timely topics introduced; updates to the discussion of agroecology and food sovereignty, bringing it in line with the current debates; greater coverage of the role of agroecology, in particular agroforestry, as an important component of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and more attention given to the discussion of land sparing versus land sharing.

By integrating the ecological aspects of agriculture and conservation biology, with a political and social analysis as well as historical perspective, the book continues to set a progressive agenda and appeals to a wide range of students and professionals.