9780849328459

Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, Second Edition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780849328459

  • ISBN10:

    0849328454

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/15/2006
  • Publisher: CRC Press
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to Agroecology
The Need for Sustainable Food Production Systems
3(20)
The Agroecosystem Concept
23(12)
Section II: Plants and Environmental Factors
The Plant
35(8)
Light
43(16)
Temperature
59(14)
Humidity and Rainfall
73(14)
Wind
87(12)
Soil
99(16)
Water in the Soil
115(16)
Fire
131(16)
Biotic Factors
147(16)
The Environmental Complex
163(8)
Section III: System-Level Interactions
The Population Ecology of Agroecosystems
171(12)
Genetic Resources in Agroecosystems
183(22)
Species Interactions in Crop Communities
205(12)
Agroecosystem Diversity and Stability
217(20)
Disturbance, Succession, and Agroecosystem Management
237(18)
The Energetics of Agroecosystems
255(14)
Animals in Agroecosystems
269(20)
Section IV: The Transition to Sustainability
Converting to Ecologically Based Management
289(10)
Indicators of Sustainability
299(14)
Landscape Diversity and Agroecosystem Management
313(14)
Culture, Community, and Sustainability
327(14)
From Sustainable Agroecosystems to Sustainable Food Systems
341(16)
References 357(12)
Glossary 369(6)
Index 375

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