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Ventures into Global Agriculture

By (author) Frauke Huber
By (author) Uwe H. Martin


Publishing 13th Sep 2021
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    • This book takes the reader on an immersive journey through landscapes and situations of modern-day agriculture
    • The authors tell you intimate stories of diverse stakeholders and provide an insight into complex scientific, political, legal and philosophic ideas
    • Agriculture is the single most transformative thing humans are collectively doing to the planet
    • F. Huber and U. Martin have been documenting the social and environmental consequences of global agriculture since 2007
    • In a slow journalism approach they build close relationships with their Interview partners, so the projects grow organically, chapter by chapter, in a constant cycle of research, production, and presentation
    • Featuring many great unseen pictures
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    Agriculture drives climate change, extinction, erosion and water depletion. It uses about 40 percent of all land on earth and more than 70 percent of all freshwater. Due to over-exploitation of the soil and climate change, desertification is one of the greatest threats to life on earth. F. Huber and U. Martin have been documenting the social and environmental consequences of global agriculture since 2007. In a slow journalism approach they build close relationships with farmers, ranchers and fishermen, and interview policy makers, activists and scientists.

    The book is divided in three big parts with 350 extraordinary, touching photos: White Gold (2007-2012) examines the social and ecological effects of global cotton production. LandRush (2011-ongoing) analyses the impact of large-scale agro-investments on rural economies and land rights, the boom of renewable fuels, the reallocation of land, and the future of agriculture around the world. Dry West (2014-ongoing) documents the hydrological society and human-shaped landscapes of the American West, where rivers run in concrete beds, across mountains and deserts and up towards money.

    Contents: Introduction, Texas Blues, Killing Seeds, Burkina Dreams, Dying Sea, The Road, The Farm, Familiy Affairs, Full Circle, California Drought, American Nile, Dustbowl Riviera.

    About the Author
    Frauke Huber and Uwe H. Martin are independent visual storytellers, journalists, educators and multimedia producers at the Bombay Flying Club. Their long-term projects focus on the great environmental issues of the Anthropocene. They have been working on the global commons - water, seed and land - over the last ten years, developing fragmented narratives in a constant cycle of research, production and publication. Using a slow journalism approach, their projects build bridges from traditional journalistic publications, such as Geo, Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung, over linear web-documentaries and interactive apps, to spatial installations at art institutions. Over the years they have received numerous recognitions and awards for their work, including the German Reporter Award, the Greenpeace Photo Award, the Development Media Award and the German Short Film Award. Uwe served multiple times on the jury of the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest, the German Reporter Award, the Lumix Multimedia Award, the CPOY and the Bosch master class Future of Science Journalism.
    Sieveking Verlag
    Publish date
    13th Sep 2021
    World excluding Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    240 mm x 170 mm
    450 Pages
    350 color
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