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Land Use Intensification: Effects on Agriculture, Biodiversity, and Ecological Processes

David Lindenmayer, Saul Cunningham, Andrew Young
July 26, 2012

By 2050, the global population of humans is predicted to increase by 35 percent. Approximately 70 percent more food may be required, and this will take place against a backdrop of 15-40 percent land degradation. This book examines land use intensification and biodiversity conservation and...

Microbial Ecology in Sustainable Agroecosystems

Tanya E. Cheeke, David C. Coleman, Diana H. Wall
July 17, 2012

While soil ecologists continue to be on the forefront of research on biodiversity and ecosystem function, there are few interdisciplinary studies that incorporate ecological knowledge into sustainable land management practices. Conventional, high fossil-fuel input-based agricultural systems can...

Global Economic and Environmental Aspects of Biofuels

David Pimentel
April 02, 2012

Biofuels and food are dependent on the same resources for production: land, water, and energy. The conjuncture of food, energy, and climate crises demands a new direction in how to harness agriculture to the joint tasks of energy-saving, emissions reduction, and food security. Global Economic and...

Sustainable Agriculture and New Biotechnologies

Noureddine Benkeblia
July 11, 2011

Taking a broad and innovative informational approach, Sustainable Agriculture and New Biotechnologies is the first book to apply omic technologies to address issues related to understanding and improving agricultural sustainability in the food production process. The transformation from industrial...

Science and Technology of Organic Farming

Allen V. Barker
May 06, 2010

Winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for 2011! Organic farming is not only a philosophy, but also a well-researched science that combines soil fertility, plant pathology, entomology, and other biological and environmental sciences. Science and Technology of Organic Farming is a...

The Conversion to Sustainable Agriculture: Principles, Processes, and Practices

Stephen R. Gliessman, Martha Rosemeyer
December 21, 2009

With all of the environmental and social problems confronting our food systems today, it is apparent that none of the strategies we have relied on in the past―higher-yielding varieties, increased irrigation, inorganic fertilizers, pest damage reduction―can be counted on to come to the rescue. In...

Sustainable Agroecosystem Management: Integrating Ecology, Economics, and Society

Patrick J. Bohlen, Gar House
March 24, 2009

Emphasizes Centrality of the Ecosystem Perspective Sustainable management of agroecosystems in the 21st century faces unprecedented challenges. Protecting the environment while feeding a burgeoning population that could reach nine billion by mid-century, preserving the world’s biodiversity, and...

Adequate Food for All: Culture, Science, and Technology of Food in the 21st Century

Wilson G. Pond, Buford L. Nichols, Dan L. Brown
February 12, 2009

Food is the sustenance of life. But while we understand that a secure supply of food has been affected by many factors over the course of history, we do not often allow ourselves to entertain the idea that a lack of adequate food worldwide is a very real and dangerous possibility. While soil...

Integrated Assessment of Health and Sustainability of Agroecosystems

Thomas Gitau, Margaret W. Gitau, David Waltner-Toews
June 10, 2008

Exploring the implementation of participatory, multistakeholder, and transdisciplinary ecosystem health research, Integrated Assessment of Health and Sustainability of Agroecosystems combines the latest theories in complexity and management with practical tools and approaches for sustainable rural...

Ecological Basis of Agroforestry

Daizy Rani Batish, Ravinder Kumar Kohli, Shibu Jose, Harminder Pal Singh
November 15, 2007

Faced with the growing problems of climate change, ecosystem degradation, declining agricultural productivity, and uncertain food security, modern agricultural scientists look for potential relief in an ancient practice. Agroforestry, if properly designed, can mitigate greenhouse effects, maintain...

Food, Energy, and Society

David Pimentel, Ph.D., Marcia H. Pimentel, M.S.
October 04, 2007

Since the publication of the first edition of Food, Energy, and Society, the world’s natural resources have become even more diminished due to the rapid expansion of the global human population. We are faced with dwindling food supplies in certain geographic areas, increasing pressure on energy...

Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability: Considerations for the Future

Manjit S. Kang
April 25, 2007

Understand sustainable development from economic, ecological, and social perspectivesAs world population continues to increase, the need grows for a safe, sustainable supply of food. Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability: Considerations for the Future provides the latest research results...