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About this book
About this book
Practical introduction to sustainable agriculture, presenting a critique of the existing agricultural system and suggesting an alternative sustainable system.
Foreword Preface Chapter 1. On Trial: Industrial Agriculture Indictment I Indictment II Indictment III The Solution Chapter 2. The Remedy: Sustainable Agriculture Nature versus Industry The Sustainable Era What Is Sustainable Down to Earth: Eight Steps to the Next Green Revolution Chapter 3. Down to Earth: Step 1 Create and Conserve Healthy Soil Not Just Dirt The Good Earth Healing the Soil Chapter 4. Clear, Clean Water: Step 2 Conserve Water and Protect Its Quality and Step 3 Manage Organic Wastes to Avoid Pollution Washing the Water Don't Drink Up the Pond Manage Organic Wastes to Avoid Pollution Don't Waste the Waste Chapter 5. Think Local: Step 4 Select Plants and Animals Adapted to the Environment Agroecology Battling the Hill The Right Cow for the Right Grass Think Local Chapter 6. All Creatures Great and Small: Step 5 Encourage Biodiversity Stewards of Life Endangered at Home Terminator Tech Chapter 7. The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Step 6 Manage Pests with Minimal Environmental Impact From Conception Until Death The Killing Fields The Chemical Treadmill It's Nature's Way The Team Approach Interactions Chapter 8. Power: Step 7 Conserve Nonrenewable Energy Resources Agriculture's Achilles' Heel Low-Input Farming Chapter 9. Money: Step 8 Increase Profitability and Reduce Risk A Penny Saved A Penny Earned Ecological Economics Chapter 10. Two Roads Attachment to the Local Community and Care for the Surrounding Land Notes Bibliography Index Reference Notes Included