By Stephen R. Gliessman
Delivering the theoretical and conceptual framework for this growing to be box, 'Agroecology' develops the certainty of environmental components and complexities affecting agricultural plants and animals. --Provided by way of publisher.
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S. Bellon, T. Dore, C. Francis, D. Vallod, and C. David. 2009. Agroecology as a science, a movement and a practice: A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 29: 503–515. Defines the three areas of focus for agroecology, with historical background on the development and application of each area. 2 Agroecology and the Agroecosystem Concept The entire field of agroecology derives from one central concept—that of the agroecosystem. An agroecosystem is a site or integrated region of agricultural production—a farm, for example—understood as an ecosystem.
Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food. Counterpoint Press: Berkeley, CA. An eloquent collection of essays by a master farmer and writer that clearly outlines the ethics and culture of human connections to the land and agriculture. Bohlen, P. J. and G. ). 2009. Sustainable Agroecosystem Management: Integrating Ecology, Economics, and Society. Advances in Agroecology Series. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group: Boca Raton, FL. Through a variety of case studies, this book shows how the agroecosystem concept can be used for developing an interdisciplinary focus for sustainable food system management.
Farmers will be rewarded for the environmental services that their farms provide beyond the production of food. Protecting biodiversity, producing clean water, stopping soil erosion, sequestering carbon, and promoting the presence of living landscapes will be valued and rewarded. Because sustainability in agriculture is not just about growing and raising food, but about how that food is used, distributed, and consumed, a sustainable food system will distribute food more equitably, reduce food overconsumption and waste, and insure that our precious agricultural land is used to feed people rather than automobiles and livestock.
Agroecology: the ecology of sustainable food systems by Stephen R. Gliessman