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“Conserving the very base of food production—the land, water, and climate that make crop growth possible—is essential to ensure that the world’s farmers continue to produce enough food for everyone.” —Gary Gardner in "Mounting Losses of Agricultural Resources" (Chapter 5)
“Taking urgent and concerted action to improve ocean health is an imperative, not because saving whales and coral reefs are not worthy pursuits in and of themselves (they are)… but because our livelihoods and our lives depend on the sea.” —Katie Auth in "The Oceans: Resilience at Risk" (Chapter 6)
“New strategies for dealing with [emerging animal-borne diseases] offer the possibility that … humans once again can learn to live in balance with the natural ecology that supports us.” —Catherine C. Machalaba, Elizabeth H. Loh, Peter Daszak, and William B. Karesh in "Emerging Diseases from Animals" (Chapter 8)