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Sustainable Food and Agriculture


Series: The Sustainable World Volume: 4

Edited By: IG Malkina-Pykh and Y Pykh

WIT Press

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #136196 | ISBN: 1853129372
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Over the past two decades a growing movement has emerged to question the role of the agricultural establishment in promoting practices that contribute to such problems as top soil depletion, groundwater contamination, the decline of family farms, escalating costs of production, and the disintegration of economic and social conditions in rural communities. Now gaining increasing support and acceptance within mainstream agriculture, this movement for sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals - environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. This text is written for both advanced undergraduate and graduate students in food and agricultural resources, technology and planning and related areas including economics, sociology and environmental studies. It will also be of interest to the many professionals in industries concerned with food and agriculture technology, management and sustainable food and agriculture systems, such as specialists in project management, information systems, systems analysis and simulation of systems.


Chapter 1: History and Introduction; Food and Agriculture Through History; What is Sustainable Agriculture?; Chapter 2: Systems Analysis of Food and Agriculture Systems; Introduction; Classifications of Food and Agriculture Models; Descriptions of the Selected Agricultural Models; Indices and Indicators for Sustainable Food and Agriculture; Chapter 3: Food and Agriculture Resources; Cultivated Plants; Terrestrial Animals; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Water Resources; Land Resources; Forest and Forest Plants; Energy Resources; Global Agro-Ecological Zones Assessment; Chapter 4: Food and Agriculture Technology; Food and Agriculture Science and Technology Research; Food and Agriculture Information Systems; Biotechnology; Genetic Engineering; Industrial Agriculture; Agricultural Mechanisation and Automation; Food Processing and Preservation; Food Storage, Distribution and Transportation; Chapter 5: Food and Agriculture Economics; Food Demand and Supply; Food and Agriculture Trade; Food and Agriculture Policy, Management and Planning; Food and Agriculture Economics and Financing; Chapter 6: Food and Agriculture and Society; Food and Agriculture and Social Development; Food Quality and Standards; Food and Agriculture and Human Health; Food and Agriculture Law and Regulation; Agricultural Education and Training; Food Security; Chapter 7: Food and Agriculture and Global Environment; Introduction; Desertification; Deforestation; Climate change; Biodiversity; Agricultural pollution; Risks of Genetic Engineering; Future Global Aspects of Food and Agriculture.

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