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Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems

  • Presents updated information from recent research and new examples throughout the book
  • Emphasizes the landscape as a higher level of ecological thinking to remind readers that the concept of an agroecosystem extends far beyond the limits of any individual farm
  • Includes a 16-page full-color insert
  • Expands the concluding chapter, From Sustainable Agroecosystems to Sustainable Food Systems, into two new chapters: one focused on the theoretical scientific and social scientific framework for interdisciplinary food system work and the other devoted to what is working today to bring about the transformation of food systems for sustainability
  • Contains a new chapter on The Animal, covering basic background concepts of animal biology, physiology, ecology, nutrition, metabolism, and energy transformation
  • Provides new chapter on Climate Change and Food System Sustainability, discussing its causes and impacts on agriculture and food systems from the farm to the table

By: Stephen R Gliessman(Author)

389 pages, 16 plates with colour photos; 219 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2014 | Edition: 3 | #216567 | ISBN-13: 9781439895610
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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 in all of its components: agricultural, ecological, economic, social, cultural, and even political. It presents a case for food system change and why the current industrial model of food production and distribution is not sustainable.

See What’s New in the Third Edition:
- Chapters on animal production and social change in food systems
- Updated case studies, references, websites, and new research
- Emphasis on how climate change impacts agriculture
- Greater focus on health issues related to food

Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems begins with a focus on the key ecological factors and resources that impact agricultural plants and animals as individual organisms. It then examines all of the components of agroecosystem complexity, from genetics to landscapes and explores the transition process for achieving sustainability and indicators of progress. The book then delves into power and control of food systems by agribusiness, and the need to develop a new paradigm that moves beyond production and explores issues of food justice, equity, food security and sovereignty. Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems concludes with a call to action so that research and education can link together for transformative change in our food systems.

Groundbreaking in its first edition, respected in its second edition, this third edition of this standard textbook has evolved along with the field. Written by an expert with more than 40 years of experience, the third edition begins with a strong ecological foundation for farming practices and ends with all of us thinking about the critical importance of transitioning to a new paradigm for food and agriculture, and what this means for our future.

"Agroecology may be an unfamiliar concept to some, since our culture often treats agriculture and ecology as completely separate subjects, with common agricultural practices bearing no resemblance to the natural patterns that ecologists study. However, if one is not familiar with all of the factors that can affect food production, it can be hard to recognize adaptive responses to those factors. Fortunately, this textbook provides an excellent broad introduction to the subject. The book is well-written and contains many helpful figures and tables. Since the book is quite affordable, for a large volume from CRC Press, it is also ideal for individual reading by any ethnobotanist who could use a refresher course on the basics of ecology or sustainable agriculture."
– Wendy L. Applequist, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, in Economic Botany, vol. 69, issue 2

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Introduction to Agroecology
Case for Fundamental Change in Agriculture
Agroecology and the Agroecosystem Concept

Plants and Abiotic Factors of the Environment
The Plant
Humidity and Rainfall
Water in the Soil

A More Complete Autecological Perspective
Biotic Factors
The Environmental Complex
Heterotrophic Organisms

System-Level Interactions
Population Ecology of Agroecosystems
Genetic Resources in Agroecosystems
Species Interactions in Crop Communities
Agroecosystem Diversity
Disturbance, Succession, and Agroecosystem Management
Animals in Agroecosystems
Energetics of Agroecosystems
Landscape Diversity

The Transition to Sustainability
Converting to Ecologically Based Management
Indicators of Sustainability

Bringing about a Sustainable World Food System
Agriculture, Society, and Agroecology
Community and Culture in the Remaking of the Food System
From Sustainable Agroecosystems to a Sustainable Food System

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