Agroecology The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems

ISBN-10: 0849328454
ISBN-13: 9780849328459
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $73.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

Providing the theoretical and conceptual framework for this continually evolving field, Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, Second Edition explores environmental factors and complexities affecting agricultural crops and animals. Completely revised, updated, and reworked, the second edition contains new data, new readings, new issues and case studies, and new options. It includes two completely new chapters, one on the role of livestock animals in agroecosystems and one on the cultural and community aspects of sustainable food systems.The author clearly delineates the importance of using an ecosystem framework for determining if a particular agricultural practice, input, or management decision contributes or detracts from sustainability. He explains how the framework provides the ecological basis for the functioning of the chosen management strategy over the long-term. He also examines system level interactions, stressing the need for understanding the emergent qualities of populations, communities, and ecosystems and their roles in sustainable agriculture. Using examples of farming systems in a broad array of ecological conditions, the book demonstrates how to use an ecosystem approach to design and manage agroecosystems for sustainability.

Introduction
To Agroecology
The Need for Sustainable Food Production Systems
The Agroecosystem Concept
Plants and Environmental Factors
The Plant
Light
Temperature
Humidity and Rainfall
Wind
Soil
Water in the Soil
Fire
Biotic Factors
The Environmental Complex
System-Level Interactions
The Population Ecology of Agroecosystems
Genetic Resources in Agroecosystems
Species Interactions in Crop Communities
Agroecosystem Diversity and Stability
Disturbance, Succession, and Agroecosystem Management
The Energetics of Agroecosystems
Animals in Agroecosystems
The Transition to Sustainability
Converting to Ecologically Based Management
Indicators of Sustainability
Landscape Diversity and Agroecosystem Management
Community, Culture, and Sustainability
From Sustainable Agroecosystems to Sustainable Food Systems
Glossary
Index

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