Part 1 Conceptualizing agricultural restructuring and sustainability: sustainable development - a critical review of rural land use policy in the UK; sustainability, spatial hierarchies and land-based production; greening and globalizing - agriculture in "the new times". Part 2 Family farming and farming culture: sustainable technologies, sustainable farms - farms, households and structural change; environmental change and farm restructuring in Britain - the impact of the farm family life cycle; the construction of enviromental meanings within "farming culture" - the implications for agri-environmental research; community-level worldviews and the sustainability of agriculture. Part 3 Diversification and alternative agriculture: rural re-regulation and institutional sustainability - a case study of alternative farming systems in England; on- and off-farm business diversification by farm households in England; Great Plains agroecologies - the continuum from conventional to alternative agriculture in Colorado. Part 4 Agricultural sustainability and climate change: agricultural system response to environmental stress; adaptability of agricultural systems to global climate change - a Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada pilot study; agricultural response to climate change - a preliminary investigation of farm-level adaptation in Southern Alberta. Part 5 Sustainable agriculture and environmental policy: policy, sustainability and scale - the US Conservation Reserve Programme; something old, new, borrowed and blue - the marriage of agriculture and conservation in England; farmer reaction to agri-environmental schemes - a study of participants in south west England and the implications for research and policy development; achieving sustainability in agricultural land management through landowner involvement in stewardship programmes. Part 6 Sustainability and restructuring the agricultural system: scale change, discontinuity and polarization in Canadian farm-based rural systems; sustainability issues in the industrialization of hog production in the United States; sustainable agriculture and its social geographic context in Ontario; restructuring for rural sustainability - overcoming scale conflicts and cultural biases.