Seeds of Sustainability

Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution

  • Editors
  • Pamela A. Matson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Birthplace of the Green Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pamela Matson, Walter Falcon
      Pages 3-12
    3. Ashley Dean
      Pages 13-27
  3. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainability

  4. Elements of the Yaqui Valley System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Rosamond Naylor, Walter Falcon
      Pages 107-138
    3. Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, David Lobell
      Pages 139-169
    4. Toby Ahrens, John Harrison, Michael Beman, Peter Jewett, Pamela Matson
      Pages 171-195
    5. Gerrit Schoups, Lee Addams, David S. Battisti, Ellen McCullough, José Luis Minjares
      Pages 197-227
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Pamela Matson, Rosamond Naylor, Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio
      Pages 231-250
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-292

About this book


Seeds of Sustainability is a groundbreaking analysis of agricultural development and transitions toward more sustainable management in one region. An invaluable resource for researchers, policymakers, and students alike, it examines new approaches to make agricultural landscapes healthier for both the environment and people.

The Yaqui Valley is the birthplace of the Green Revolution and one of the most intensive agricultural regions of the world, using irrigation, fertilizers, and other technologies to produce some of the highest yields of wheat anywhere. It also faces resource limitations, threats to human health, and rapidly changing economic conditions. In short, the Yaqui Valley represents the challenge of modern agriculture: how to maintain livelihoods and increase food production while protecting the environment.

Renowned scientist Pamela Matson and colleagues from leading institutions in the U.S. and Mexico spent fifteen years in the Yaqui Valley in Sonora, Mexico addressing this challenge. Seeds of Sustainability represents the culmination of their research, providing unparalleled information about the causes and consequences of current agricultural methods. Even more importantly, it shows how knowledge can translate into better practices, not just in the Yaqui Valley, but throughout the world.


Ecosystems Green Revolution Sustainability Sustainable agriculture Yaqui River Valley

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