Energy in Agroecosystems: A Tool for Assessing Sustainability

Gloria I. Guzman Casado, Manuel Gonzalez de Molina

© 2017 - CRC Press
Published December 28, 2016
Reference - 446 Pages - 62 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498774765 - CAT# K29631
Series: Advances in Agroecology

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  • Presents a unique approach to the question of energy efficiency in agricultural production systems, one which aims to bring an agroecological perspective to energy analysis and complements traditional methods
  • Contains a comprehensive, detailed study on the evolution of energy efficiency with the inputs used in agriculture based upon a wide literature review and original research
  • Includes a comprehensive list of the energy content of different crops, pastures, and woods, as well as animal biomass (Actual Net Primary Productivity)
  • Provides a reliable template to calculate EROIs (Energy Returned on Investment) using converters and appropriate coefficients



Energy in Agroecosystems: A Tool for Assessing Sustainability is the first book on energy analysis that is up-to-date and specifically dedicated to agriculture. It is written from an agroecological perspective and goes beyond the conventional analysis of the efficient use of energy. The book provide a methodological guide to assess energy efficiency and sustainability from an eco-energetic point of view.

Case studies from both Europe and America, which are representative of today’s most used scales of analysis (crop, farm, local or national) and the different farm management practices (traditional, industrialized, and contemporary organic), apply this methodology This book will be of primary interest to researchers, practitioners, and students working in the areas of agroecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental science, energy analysis, natural resources management, rural development and international development.


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