Agroecology: the ecology of sustainable food systems by Stephen R. Gliessman

By Stephen R. Gliessman

Delivering the theoretical and conceptual framework for this becoming box, 'Agroecology' develops the knowledge of environmental elements and complexities affecting agricultural vegetation and animals. --Provided via publisher.


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As a result, the rainwater downwind of livestock feeding operations often has extremely high concentrations of ammonium ions. Although most treated animal waste is ultimately applied to fields as fertilizer, the phosphorus and nitrogen it contains are beyond useful levels for most crops. Furthermore, factory farms often have so much waste to get rid of that they apply more treated waste to fields than the soil can accommodate, and do so year-round, even at times in the crop cycle when fields and crops are unable to absorb it.

Moreover, used precisely and in accordance with its original meaning, sustainability really does convey the essence of what we hope to create as an alternative to industrial agriculture—a system of food production, distribution, and consumption that will endure indefinitely because it does not sow the seeds of its own demise. But there is much more to sustainability than mere endurance. As used in this text, sustainability refers also to the many characteristics of an ostensibly sustainable practice or system that are responsible for endowing that practice or system with the selfsufficiency, resilience, and balance that allow it to endure over time.

Vandermeer, and A. Wright. 2009. Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty. K. By linking landscape ecology with diversity theory, this book shows the incredible value of sustainable peasant agriculture as a positive force for biodiversity conservation and food sovereignty. Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems Vandermeer, J. H. 2011. The Ecology of Agroecosystems. Jones & Bartlett Publishers: Sudbury, MA. An excellent source of information on the application of ecological concepts and principles in the scientific study of agroecosystem design and management.

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