Wai Lun Lam

Date of Award


First Advisor

Christopher Coggins

Second Advisor

Tom Coote

Third Advisor

Donald McClelland


This thesis is an exploration of aspects of traditional Han Chinese knowledge on agriculture and food that contributes to both human and environmental health. Specifically, it focuses on aspects of these knowledge or techniques no longer practiced by urban populations. The methodology based on applied ethnobotany. It is the combination of exegesis of several traditional Chinese classics with a review of scientific literature on human and environmental health benefits of this techniques. The underlying premise of this thesis is that a linkage between human fate and environmental fate need to be emphasized to raise awareness about the importance of the environment for the growing urban populations in China.

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