Next Green Revolution Essential Steps to a Healthy, Sustainable Agriculture

ISBN-10: 1560228865
ISBN-13: 9781560228868
Edition: 2001
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Description: The authors define sustainable agriculture as "the umbrella term for approaches to agriculture that are environmentally friendly, profitable, and fair to farmers and ranchers." One of Horne's positive solutions to agribusiness-as-usual is to pay  More...

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List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 8/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

The authors define sustainable agriculture as "the umbrella term for approaches to agriculture that are environmentally friendly, profitable, and fair to farmers and ranchers." One of Horne's positive solutions to agribusiness-as-usual is to pay farmers to implement sustainable practice, rather than pay them later to clean up pollution or compensate for overproduction. Horne's eight goals of sustainability are healthy soil, increasing water conservation and quality, managing organic waste without pollution, safer pest management, adopting livestock and crops more adapted to nature, increased biodiversity, energy conservation, increased profitability, and reduced risk. Horne hopes to convert farmers to sustainable agriculture with folksy lines like: "I feel like I'm carrying on in the pioneer spirit of Oklahoma-- breaking new ground, looking for a better life. What keeps me going is the knowledge that the good earth will sustain us if we treat her right." Horne is president of the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Oklahoma. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Foreword
Preface
On Trial: Industrial Agriculture
Indictment I
Indictment II
Indictment III
The Solution
The Remedy: Sustainable Agriculture
Nature versus Industry
The Sustainable Era
What Is Sustainable?
Down to Earth: Eight Steps to the Next Green Revolution
Down to Earth: Step 1--Create and Conserve Healthy Soil
Not Just Dirt
The Good Earth
Healing the Soil
Clear, Clean Water: Step 2--Conserve Water and Protect Its Quality and Step 3--Manage Organic Wastes to Avoid Pollution
Washing the Water
Don't Drink Up the Pond
Manage Organic Wastes to Avoid Pollution
Don't Waste the Waste
Think Local: Step 4--Select Plants and Animals Adapted to the Environment
Agroecology
Battling the Hill
The Right Cow for the Right Grass
Think Local
All Creatures Great and Small: Step 5--Encourage Biodiversity
Stewards of Life
Endangered at Home
Terminator Tech
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Step 6--Manage Pests with Minimal Environmental Impact
From Conception Until Death
The Killing Fields
The Chemical Treadmill
It's Nature's Way
The Team Approach
Interactions
Power: Step 7--Conserve Nonrenewable Energy Resources
Agriculture's Achilles' Heel
Low-Input Farming
Money: Step 8--Increase Profitability and Reduce Risk
A Penny Saved
A Penny Earned
Ecological Economics
Two Roads
Attachment to the Local Community and Care for the Surrounding Land
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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