Author(s): Richard Stirzaker
Out of the Scientist's Garden is written for anyone who wants to understand food and water a little better--for those growing vegetables in a garden, food in a subsistence plot or crops on vast irrigated plains. It is also for anyone who has never grown anything before but has wondered how we will feed a growing population in a world of shrinking resources.
Although a practicing scientist in the field of water and agriculture, the author has written, in story form accessible to a wide audience, about the drama of how the world feeds itself. The book starts in his own fruit and vegetable garden, exploring the "how and why" questions about the way things grow, before moving on to stories about soil, rivers, aquifers and irrigation. The book closes with a brief history of agriculture, how the world feeds itself today and how to think through some of the big conundrums of modern food production.
* Gives an in-depth understanding on how plants and soil work using stories more than the language of science.
* It is not a "how to" book, but a framework over which to lay your own experience, to learn and reflect.
* Information for gardeners on the challenge of growing food and feeding a family in the city
* Covers plants, soil and rivers and the journey from hunter-gatherer to modern agriculture
* Reflects on the way scientists conduct their craft
* A book for anyone interested in food, how it is grown and how the world feeds itself
Richard Stirzaker studied Agricultural Science and then completed his PhD at the University of Sydney. He joined CSIRO in 1990 and is currently a Principal Research Scientist based in Canberra working on irrigation, water productivity and the ecological footprint of agriculture. He is also an honorary professor in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.