Agroecological Economics

Agroecological Economics
Author: Paul Wojtkowski
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-07-28
ISBN 10: 9780080557823
ISBN 13: 0080557821
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agroecological Economics Book Review:

Agroecology is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design, development, and management of sustainable agricultural systems. Agroecological economics, a subsection of agricultural economics, evaluates the ecological consequences of agricultural methods on the economic scale. Agroecological economics considers green engineering as a means of measurement. As the environmental movement unfolds, the importance of biodiversity and long-term sustainability are indisputable. Progress depends on determining the economic viability of terrestrial agroecosystems. What is lacking is the analysis needed to bring biodiverse and sustainable systems to fruition. Agroecological Economics analyzes the current topics that must be addressed in order to provide sustainable agricultural systems. It explains the economics of land-use ecology with emphasis on changing over from a conventional model of agriculture to environmentally- and ecologically-friendly models and the financial incentives that are important to these practices. * Analyzes agricultural solutions with economic testing * Includes a complete analysis of recent biodiversity-based research with valuable new economic methodologies * Provides various applications to mitigate the problems which have economic and ecological effects on agroecosystems * Offers applications of ecologically-sound land-use practices in production and manufacturing

Sustainable Agroecosystem Management

Sustainable Agroecosystem Management
Author: Patrick J. Bohlen,Gar House
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2009-03-24
ISBN 10: 1420052152
ISBN 13: 9781420052152
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable Agroecosystem Management Book Review:

Emphasizes Centrality of the Ecosystem PerspectiveSustainable 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 sustaining agriculture in an increasingly urban world i

Resourcing an Agroecological Urbanism

Resourcing an Agroecological Urbanism
Author: Chiara Tornaghi,Michiel Dehaene
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2021-03-08
ISBN 10: 0429782365
ISBN 13: 9780429782367
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Resourcing an Agroecological Urbanism Book Review:

Foregrounding an innovative and radical perspective on food planning, this book makes the case for an agroecological urbanism in which food is a key component in the reinvention of new and just social arrangements and ecological practices. Building on state-of-the-art and participatory research on farming, urbanism, food policy and advocacy in the field of food system transformation, this book changes the way food planning has been conceptualised to date and invites the reader to fully embrace the transformative potential of an agroecological perspective. Bringing in dialogue from both the rural and urban, the producer and consumer, this book challenges conventional approaches that see them as separate spheres, whose problems can only be solved by a reconnection. Instead, it argues for moving away from a ‘food-in-the-city’ approach towards an ‘urbanism’ perspective, in which the economic and spatial processes that currently drive urbanisation will be unpacked and dissected, and new strategies for changing those processes into more equal and just ones are put forward. Drawing on the nascent field of urban political agroecology, this text brings together: i) theoretical re-conceptualisations of urbanism in relation to food planning and the emergence of new agrarian questions, ii) critical analysis of experimental methodologies and performing arts for public dialogue, reflexivity and food sovereignty research, iii) experiences of resourceful land management, including urban land use and land tenure change, and iv) theoretical and practical exploration of post-capitalist economics that bring consumers and producers together to make the case for an agroecological urbanism. Aimed at advanced students and academics in agroecology, sustainable food planning, urban geography, urban planning and critical food studies, this book will also be of interest to professionals and activists working with food systems in both the Global North and the Global South.

International Law and Agroecological Husbandry

International Law and Agroecological Husbandry
Author: John W. Head
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 446
Release: 2016-11-25
ISBN 10: 1315446510
ISBN 13: 9781315446516
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

International Law and Agroecological Husbandry Book Review:

Remarkable advances are being made in life science and agricultural research to reform the methods of food production, particularly with regard to staple grain and legume crops, in ways that will better reflect ecological realities. However, advances in science may be insufficient to ensure that these possibilities for agricultural reform are realized in practice and in a sustainable way. This book shows how these can only be achieved through changes in legal norms and institutions at the global level. Interdisciplinary in character, the book draws from a range of issues involving agricultural innovation, international legal history and principles, treaty commitments, global institutions, and environmental challenges, such as climate change, to propose broad legal changes for transforming global agriculture. It first shows how modern extractive agriculture is unsustainable on economic, environmental, and social grounds. It then examines the potential for natural-systems agriculture (especially perennial-polyculture systems) for overcoming the deficiencies of modern extractive agriculture, especially to offset climate change. Finally it analyses closely the legal innovations that can be adopted at national and international levels to facilitate a transition from modern extractive agriculture to a system based more on ecological principles. In particular the author argues for the creation of a Global Convention on Agroecology.

Coffee Agroecology

Coffee Agroecology
Author: Ivette Perfecto,John Vandermeer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-02-11
ISBN 10: 1134056141
ISBN 13: 9781134056149
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Coffee Agroecology Book Review:

Based on principles of the conservation and optimization of biodiversity and of equity and sustainability, this book focuses on the ecology of the coffee agroecosystem as a model for a sustainable agricultural ecosystem. It draws on the authors' own research conducted over the last twenty years as well as incorporating the vast literature that has been generated on coffee agroecosystems from around the world. The book uses an integrated approach that weaves together various lines of research to understand the ecology of a very diverse tropical agroforestry system. Key concepts explored include biodiversity patterns, metapopulation dynamics and ecological networks. These are all set in a socioeconomic and political framework which relates them to the realities of farmers' livelihoods. The authors provide a novel synthesis that will generate new understanding and can be applied to other examples of sustainable agriculture and food production. This synthesis also explains the ecosystem services provided by the approach, including the economic, fair trade and political aspects surrounding this all-important global commodity.

Law and Agroecology

Law and Agroecology
Author: Massimo Monteduro,Pierangelo Buongiorno,Saverio Di Benedetto,Alessandro Isoni
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 494
Release: 2015-05-06
ISBN 10: 3662466171
ISBN 13: 9783662466179
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Law and Agroecology Book Review:

This book represents a first attempt to investigate the relations between Law and Agroecology. There is a need to adopt a transdisciplinary approach to multifunctional agriculture in order to integrate the agroecological paradigm in legal regulation. This does not require a super-law that hierarchically purports to incorporate and supplant the existing legal fields; rather, it calls for the creation of a trans-law that progressively works to coordinate interlegalities between different legal fields, respecting their autonomy but emphasizing their common historical roots in rus in the process. Rus, the rural phenomenon as a whole, reflects the plurality and interdependence of different complex systems based jointly on the land as a central point of reference. “Rural” is more than “agricultural”: if agriculture is understood traditionally as an activity aimed at exploiting the land for the production of material goods for use, consumption and private exchange, rurality marks the reintegration of agriculture into a broader sphere, one that is not only economic, but also social and cultural; not only material, but also ideal, relational, historical, and symbolic; and not only private, but also public. In approaching rus, the natural and social sciences first became specialized, multiplied, and compartmentalized in a plurality of first-order disciplines; later, they began a process of integration into Agroecology as a second-order, multi-perspective and shared research platform. Today, Agroecology is a transdiscipline that integrates other fields of knowledge into the concept of agroecosystems viewed as socio-ecological systems. However, the law seems to still be stuck in the first stage. Following a reductionist approach, law has deconstructed and shattered the universe of rus into countless, disjointed legal elementary particles, multiplying the planes of analysis and, in particular, keeping Agricultural Law and Environmental Law two separate fields.

Agroecology

Agroecology
Author: Stephen R. Gliessman
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 405
Release: 2014-12-09
ISBN 10: 1498728464
ISBN 13: 9781498728461
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agroecology Book Review:

Agroecology is a science, a productive practice, and part of a social movement that is at the forefront of transforming food systems to sustainability. Building upon the ecological foundation of the agroecosystem, Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, Third Edition provides the essential foundation for understanding sustainability i

CARD Annual Report

CARD Annual Report
Author: Iowa State University. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1991
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UIUC:30112046873011
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Ecology Capitalism and the New Agricultural Economy

Ecology  Capitalism and the New Agricultural Economy
Author: Gilles Allaire,Benoit Daviron
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2018-11-29
ISBN 10: 1351210025
ISBN 13: 9781351210027
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecology Capitalism and the New Agricultural Economy Book Review:

With increasing pressure on resources, the looming spectre of climate change and growing anxiety among eaters, ecology and food are at the heart of the political debates surrounding agriculture and diet. This unique contribution unravels agri-environmental issues at different spatial levels, from local to global, documenting the major shifts in agriculture from a long-term perspective. The book begins by exploring the changes in the industrialisation and socialisation of agriculture over time, through the lens of institutional economics including The French Regulation School and Conventions Theory. Building on Polanyi’s ‘Great Transformation’, the chapters in this volume analyse long-term and contemporary changes in agriculture and food systems that have occurred throughout the last few centuries. Key chapters focus on the historical changes in provisioning and the social relations of production, consumption, and regulation of food in different socio-political contexts. The future of agriculture is addressed through an analysis of controversial contemporary political claims and their engagement with strategies that aim to improve the sustainability of agriculture and food consumption. To shed light on ongoing changes and the future of food, this book asks important environmental and social questions and analyses how industrial agriculture has played out in various contexts. It is recommended supplementary reading for postgraduates and researchers in agricultural studies, food studies, food policy, the agri-food political economy and political and economic geography.

Annual Report

Annual Report
Author: Iowa State University. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1991
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: MINN:31951D012361308
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Commodification of Global Agrifood Systems and Agro Ecology

Commodification of Global Agrifood Systems and Agro Ecology
Author: Yıldız Atasoy
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2017-05-18
ISBN 10: 113672902X
ISBN 13: 9781136729027
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Commodification of Global Agrifood Systems and Agro Ecology Book Review:

This book explores the shifting relations of food provisioning in Turkey from a comparative global political economy perspective. It offers in-depth ethnographic analysis, interviews and historical insights into the ambiguities and diversities that simultaneously affect the changing conditions of food and agriculture in Turkey. Specific issues examined include the commodification of land, food and labour; the expansion and deepening of industrial standardization; the expansion of a supermarket model; and concomitant changes in, as well as the simultaneous co-existence of, traditional methods of production and marketing. Contrasting observations are drawn from diverse locales to provide examples of convergence, divergence and cohabitation in relation to transnationally advocated industrial models. Commodification of Global Agrifood Systems and Agro-Ecology employs a form of comparative perspective that allows the particular processes of restructuring of agrifood relations in Turkey to be simultaneously distinguished from, yet related to, changes taking place in global power dynamics. Yıldız Atasoy explores agrifood transformation in Turkey with a unique approach that considers a plurality of intertwined normative influences, ontological beliefs, cultural–religious narratives, political struggles and critical–interpretive positions. Based on original research, the book treats changes in food provisioning as an analytical thread capable of uncovering how the normative acceptability of capitalized agriculture and techno-scientific innovation is entangled with processes of class formation, growing inter-capitalist competition and Islamic politics. Such processes, in turn, frame income/wealth generation, landscape management, agro-ecological dynamics and labour practices, as well as the taste and smell of place.

Multi Scale Integrated Analysis of Agroecosystems

Multi Scale Integrated Analysis of Agroecosystems
Author: Mario Giampietro
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2003-11-24
ISBN 10: 9780849310676
ISBN 13: 0849310679
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Multi Scale Integrated Analysis of Agroecosystems Book Review:

Ecologists, agronomists, and others who may question the validity of current models for determining sustainable growth of agroecosystems, need a new set of analytical tools that more effectively address the complex nature of related processes. Those who challenge traditional assumptions of optimization and static factors in agricultural modeling demand new methods beyond differential equations and traditional statistical tests. Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Agroecosystems explores alternative ways to study agricultural sustainability, presenting new approaches to organizing data and applying complex systems theory to actual cases. This innovative text recognizes the changing dynamics of the multiple processes and cross-relations within an environment, proposing a clearer analysis of agroecosystems than that which can be provided by rigid, reductionist methods. Main concepts, new vocabulary and narratives, and practical examples open the book, followed by technical chapters that provide a more detailed explanation of concepts. The final section of the book presents a tool kit based on these concepts, resulting in strong support of empirical observations that challenge traditional notions regarding the sustainability of farming systems, food systems, and agroecosystems.

Agroecological Practices For Sustainable Agriculture Principles Applications And Making The Transition

Agroecological Practices For Sustainable Agriculture  Principles  Applications  And Making The Transition
Author: Wezel Alexander
Publsiher: World Scientific
Total Pages: 504
Release: 2017-06-19
ISBN 10: 178634307X
ISBN 13: 9781786343079
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agroecological Practices For Sustainable Agriculture Principles Applications And Making The Transition Book Review:

Good agroecological practices are indispensable for the development of sustainable agriculture. In this book, principles, diversity and applications of agroecological practices for a range of systems are presented, transforming scientific research and participatory knowledge of production into practical application. It illustrates a broad range of research and teaching being used within the farming community to demonstrate best practice and current state-of-play within the field. Agroecological methods used in crop farming, grass-based livestock farming, fish production, and other complex farming systems are discussed. Conclusions are drawn from studies to provide an outlook on future trends of agroecological practices and on policies supporting implementation. Due to emphasis on real-life application, it is relevant not only to students of the agricultural sciences and public policy, but also to researchers, stakeholders and policy makers involved in the development of sustainable agriculture.

Introduction to Agroecology

Introduction to Agroecology
Author: Paul Wojtkowski
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 404
Release: 2006-10-17
ISBN 10: 9781560223177
ISBN 13: 1560223170
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introduction to Agroecology Book Review:

A crucial reference/textbook that provides a wide spectrum of information in one easily understandable source The essence of agroecology lies in harnessing and harmonizing the forces of nature for productive purpose. Introduction to Agroecology: Principles and Practices comprehensively explains how this is done, providing a detailed, inclusive look at the underlying theories, concepts, and practices. This allows the reader to explore the full range of possibilities of the nature/agricultural interface and to view agroecology in its entirety, all while providing a clear understanding of the inherent complexity. Productive threats to cropping such as soil depletion, drought, plant-eating insects, heat and cold, weeds, and small and large animals are discussed in depth—with preventative strategies for each—all together in one easy-to-use book. This unique introductory reference source is not only aimed at the novice, but also the more advanced student. In a departure from the norm for introductory material, extensive endnotes elaborate upon the basic information, presenting a full look at the arguments and controversies within the field. The endnotes include over 500 citations, offering a broad window that encompasses ecology, sociology, conservation and environmental studies, and several other fields. The text also contains numerous charts, figures, and tables to clarify data and ideas. Introduction to Agroecology reviews and discusses: agroecological goals, such as profit, quality of life, and minimum disturbance of the natural ecosystem spatial principles, with resource concepts such as capture, production, balance, and biodiversity planting densities, ratios, and spatial patterns facilitation of nutrient and water capture-transfer ecosystem governance certainty-sustainability threats, such as drought, wind, flood, temperature, and fire the use of fences, repellant plants, fauna, and other means to stave off large animal threats basic insect countermeasures agrotechnologies subdivision, scaling, design packages, agrobiodiversity adjustments, and mimicry monocultures seasonal intercropping facilitative and productive agroforestry the use of reservoirs, corridors, wind structures, riparian buffers, firebreaks, and other means as auxiliary systems land modification social and community agroecology core approaches to alternative agriculture, including genetic, microbial, varietal, rotational, and others agroecosystem design many, many more topics Introduction to Agroecology is a unique and accessible reference for those who seek a deeper understanding of the mechanisms and practices that provide a solid foundation for the study of agroecology, including researchers, extension advisors, instructors, and students.

The Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics

The Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2008
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: CORNELL:31924101557936
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics Book Review:

Vols. include Proceedings of the conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics.

Pollination Services to Agriculture

Pollination Services to Agriculture
Author: Barbara Gemmill-Herren
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2016-04-14
ISBN 10: 1317445678
ISBN 13: 9781317445678
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pollination Services to Agriculture Book Review:

It is only recently that the immense economic value of pollination to agriculture has been appreciated. At the same time, the alarming collapse in populations of bees and other pollinators has highlighted the urgency of addressing this issue. This book focuses on the specific measures and practices that the emerging science of pollination ecology is identifying to conserve and promote animal pollinators in agroecosystems. It reviews the expanding knowledge base on pollination services, providing evidence to document the status, trends and importance of pollinators to sustainable agricultural production. It provides practical and specific measures that land managers can undertake to ensure that agroecosystems are supportive and friendly to pollinators. It draws on the Global Pollination Project, supported by UNEP/GEF and implemented by FAO and seven partner countries (Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan and South Africa), which serve to provide "lessons from the field".

Agricultural Systems Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development

Agricultural Systems  Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development
Author: Sieglinde Snapp,Barry Pound
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 558
Release: 2017-02-17
ISBN 10: 0128020954
ISBN 13: 9780128020951
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agricultural Systems Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development Book Review:

Agricultural Systems, Second Edition, is a comprehensive text for developing sustainable farming systems. It presents a synthetic overview of the emerging area of agroecology applications to transforming farming systems and supporting rural innovation, with particular emphasis on how research can be harnessed for sustainable agriculture. The inclusion of research theory and examples using the principles of cropping system design allows students to gain a unique understanding of the technical, biological, ecological, economic and sociological aspects of farming systems science for rural livelihoods. This book explores topics such as: re-inventing farming systems; principles and practice of agroecology; agricultural change and low-input technology; ecologically-based nutrient management; participatory breeding for developing improved and relevant crops; participatory livestock research for development; gender and agrarian inequality at the local scale; the nature of agricultural innovation; and outreach to support rural innovation. The extensive coverage of subjects is complemented with integrated references and a companion website, making this book essential reading for courses in international agricultural systems and management, sustainable agricultural management, and cropping systems. This book will be a valuable resource for students of agricultural science, environmental engineering, and rural planning; researchers and scientists in agricultural development agencies; and practitioners of agricultural development in government extension programs, development agencies, and NGOs. Provides students with an enhanced understanding of how research can be harnessed for sustainable agriculture Incorporates social, biological, chemical, and geographical aspects important to agroecology Addresses social and development issues related to farming systems

Food Sovereignty Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity

Food Sovereignty  Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity
Author: Michel. P. Pimbert
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2017-11-01
ISBN 10: 1317354974
ISBN 13: 9781317354970
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Food Sovereignty Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity Book Review:

Contestations over knowledge – and who controls its production – are a key focus of social movements and other actors that promote food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity. This book critically examines the kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing needed for food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity. ‘Food sovereignty’ is understood here as a transformative process that seeks to recreate the democratic realm and regenerate a diversity of autonomous food systems based on agroecology, biocultural diversity, equity, social justice and ecological sustainability. It is shown that alternatives to the current model of development require radically different knowledges and epistemologies from those on offer today in mainstream institutions (including universities, policy think tanks and donor organizations). To achieve food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity, there is a need to re-imagine and construct knowledge for diversity, decentralisation, dynamic adaptation and democracy. The authors critically explore the changes in organizations, research paradigms and professional practice that could help transform and co-create knowledge for a new modernity based on plural definitions of wellbeing. Particular attention is given to institutional, pedagogical and methodological innovations that can enhance cognitive justice by giving hitherto excluded citizens more power and agency in the construction of knowledge. The book thus contributes to the democratization of knowledge and power in the domain of food, environment and society.

Global Perspectives on Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Global Perspectives on Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Author: Patricia Allen,Debra Van Dusen
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 730
Release: 1988
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCSC:32106009802361
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Global Perspectives on Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems Book Review:

Articles are presented on: 1. Setting the context for a discussion of sustainable agriculture, 2. Socioeconomic analysis of sustainable agriculture, 3. Research approaches to sustainable agriculture, 4. Environmental quality: problems and solutions, 5. Food safety and marketing systems of organic products, 6. Agricultural development: case studies and perspectives, 7. Analysis and design of sustainable farming systems, 8. Traditional farming systems in Latin America, 9. Nonchemical pest management: weeds, 10. Nonchemical pest management: insects, nematodes and pathogens, 11. Soil management and plant nutrition: the relationship to pest control, 12. Soil fertility and soil amendments, 13. New applications for plants in the agricultural systems

Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa

Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa
Author: Abebe Shimeles,Audrey Verdier-Chouchane,Amadou Boly
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2018-06-01
ISBN 10: 3319762222
ISBN 13: 9783319762227
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa Book Review:

What are the challenges and action points for agricultural sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa? This open access collection of papers offers technical analyses, policy recommendations and an overview of success stories to date. Each carefully selected paper provides valuable insights for improved policy making and defines relevant strategic priorities on Africa’s sustainable transformation process, which is in line with the international development agenda. Although agriculture remains the main source of income for Africa’s population, the sector is rain-fed subjecting it to the vagaries of weather and climate change. This volume demonstrates the rationale of developing a competitive, inclusive and sustainable agribusiness sector for Africa’s food security and structural transformation. From the impact of Bioenergy crop adoption and Drought Index Insurance to Agro-Industrialization, this volume is important reading for individual researchers, academic associations and professional bodies interested in African agricultural development.