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dx.doi.org SpringerLink
vi, 284 p.
iii, 88 p. ; 24 cm.
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60 p. ; 21 cm.
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  • Agronomy for Sustainable Agriculture-- Laws of Sustainable Soil ManagementSection 1. CLIMATE CHANGESoils and sustainable agriculture-- Soils and food sufficiency-- Denitrification in cropping systems at sub-zero soil temperatures-- Re-thinking the conservation of carbon, water and soil: a different perspective-- Cropping systems, carbon sequestration and erosion in Brazil-- Influence of land use on carbon sequestration and erosion in Mexico-- Rhizodeposition of organic C by plants: mechanisms and controls-- Environmental costs and benefits of transportation biofuel production from food- and lignocellulose-based energy crops-- Grasslands for bioenergy production-- Plant drought stress: effects, mechanisms and managementSection 2. GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMSPharmaceutical crops in California, benefits and risks-- Coexistence of genetically modified (GM) and non-GM crops in the European Union-- Agro-environmental effects due to altered cultivation practices with genetically modified herbicidetolerant oilseed rape and implications for monitoring-- Bacillus thuringiensis: applications in agriculture and insect resistance management-- Genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant soybean in the USA: adoption factors, impacts and prospectsSection 3. BIODIVERSITYSmall eats big: ecology and diversity of Bdellovibrio and like organisms, and their dynamics in predatorprey interactions-- Identification of traits implicated in the rhizosphere competence of fluorescent pseudomonads: description of a strategy based on population and model strain studies-- Progress in Mechanisms of Mutual Effect between Plants and the Environment-- Biodiversity: function and assessment in agricultural areas-- Mixing plant species in cropping systems: concepts, tools and models-- Saffron, an alternative crop for sustainable agricultural systems-- Digital imaging information technology applied to seed germination testing-- Section 4. ALTERNATIVE CONTROLManaging weeds with a dualistic approach of prevention and control-- Mechanical destruction of weeds-- Sustainable pest management for cotton production-- Role of nutrients in controlling plant diseases in sustainable agriculture-- Crop protection, biological control, habitat management and integrated farming-- Using grassed strips to limit pesticide transfer to surface water-- Section 5. ALTERNATIVE FERTILISATIONRecycling biosolids and lake-dredged materials to pasture-based animal agriculture: alternative nutrient sources for forage productivity and sustainability-- Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legume nodules: process and signaling-- Factors Responsible for Nitrate Accumulation-- Role of phosphate-solubilizing microorganisms in sustainable agriculture-- Iron and zinc biofortification strategies in dicot plants by intercropping with gramineous species-- Soil exploration and resource acquisition by plant roots: an architectural and modelling point of view-- Methods for studying root colonization by introduced beneficial bacteria-- Section 6. NEW FARMING SYSTEMSSustainable urban agriculture in developing countries-- Nitrogen, sustainable agriculture and food security-- Conversion to organic farming: a multidimensional research object at the crossroads of agricultural and social sciences-- Triggering transitions towards sustainable development of the Dutch agricultural sector: TransForum's approach-- Spatialising crop models-- Iterative design and evaluation of rule-based cropping systems: methodology and case studies-- Agri-environmental indicators to assess cropping and farming systems-- Methodological progress in on-farm regional agronomic diagnosis-- Ex ante assessment of the sustainability of alternative cropping systems: implications for using multicriteria decision-aid methods-- Comparison of methods to assess the sustainability of agricultural systems-- Soil-erosion and runoff prevention by plant covers-- Integration of soil structure variations with time and space into models for crop management-- Management of grazing systems: from decision and biophysical models to principles for actionSection 7. POLLUTANTS IN AGROSYSTEMSCadmium in soils and cereal grains after sewage-sludge application on French soils-- Mobility, turnover and storage of pollutants in soils, sediments and waters: achievements and results of he EU project Aqua Terra-- Effect of metal toxicity on plant growth and metabolism: I. Zinc-- Phytoremediation of organic pollutants using mycorrhizal plants: a new aspect of rhizosphere interactions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789048126651 20160527
Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Starving people in poor nations, obesity in rich nations, increasing food prices, on-going climate changes, increasing fuel and transportation costs, flaws of the global market, worldwide pesticide pollution, pest adaptation and resistance, loss of soil fertility and organic carbon, soil erosion, decreasing biodiversity, desertification, and so on. Despite unprecedented advances in sciences allowing to visit planets and disclose subatomic particles, serious terrestrial issues about food show clearly that conventional agriculture is not suited any longer to feed humans and to preserve ecosystems. Sustainable agriculture is an alternative for solving fundamental and applied issues related to food production in an ecological way. While conventional agriculture is driven almost solely by productivity and profit, sustainable agriculture integrates biological, chemical, physical, ecological, economic and social sciences in a comprehensive way to develop new farming practices that are safe and do not degrade our environment. In that respect, sustainable agriculture is not a classical and narrow science. Instead of solving problems using the classical painkiller approach that treats only negative impacts, sustainable agriculture treats problem sources. As most actual society issues are now intertwined, global, and fast-developing, sustainable agriculture will bring solutions to build a safer world. This book gathers review articles that analyze current agricultural issues and knowledge, then propose alternative solutions. It will therefore help all scientists, decision-makers, professors, farmers and politicians who wish to build a safe agriculture, energy and food system for future generations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789048126651 20160527
[Vol. 1]: SpringerLink
ix, 259 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • section 1. Alternative forms of farming
  • section 2. Indian experiences.
Green Library
1 online resource (99 min.) Digital: data file.
What does an environmentally friendly biodynamic food system capable of feeding everyone actually look like? A biodynamic revolution is sweeping India. How To Save The World tells the story of marginal farmers across India who are reviving an arcane form of agriculture through the teachings of an elderly New Zealander many are calling the new Gandhi. The outcome of the battle for agricultural control may dictate the future of the earth.
1 online resource (57 min.)
Modern industrial agriculture is destroying the earth: desertification, water scarcity, toxic cocktails of agricultural chemicals pervading our food chains, ocean ecosystem collapse, soil erosion and massive loss of soil fertility. Humanity's increasing demands are exceeding the Earth's carrying capacity. A simple recipe to save the world? One old man and a bucket of cow-dung. Are you crazy?
68 p. ; 23 cm.
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xi, 325 p. ; 22 cm.
  • 1. Crisis and Opportunity in American AgriculturePart 1. The Industrialization of American Agriculture2. Why We Should Stop Promoting Industrial Agriculture-- 3. Corporate Agriculture and Family Farms-- 4. The Corporatization of AmericaPart 2. New Hope for the Future of Farming5. Rediscovering Agriculture and New Hope for Farming-- 6. Farming in Harmony with Nature and Society-- 7. Reclaiming the Sacred in Food and FarmingPart 3. Principles of Sustainable Agriculture8. Do We Really Need to Define Sustainable Agriculture?-- 9. Foundational Principles of Soils, Stewardship, and Sustainability-- 10. Economics of Sustainable Farming-- 11. The Renaissance of Rural AmericaPart 4. The New American Farmer12. Walking the Talk of Sustainable Agriculture-- 13. Survival Strategies for Small Farms-- 14. Marketing in the Niches for Sustainability-- 15. Local Organic Farms Save Farmland and Communities-- 16. The Triple Bottom Line of Farming in the FuturePart 5. Creating Sustainable Food and Farming Systems17. The Real Costs of Globalization-- 18. Redirecting Government Policies for Agricultural Sustainability-- 19. The New American Food System-- 20. American Agriculture After Fossil Energy.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803211421 20160528
With the decline of family farms and rural communities and the rise of corporate farming and the resulting environmental degradation, American agriculture is in crisis. But this crisis offers the opportunity to rethink agriculture in sustainable terms. Here one of the most eloquent and influential proponents of sustainable agriculture explains what this means. These engaging essays describe what sustainable agriculture is, why it began, and how it can succeed.Together they constitute a clear and compelling vision for rebalancing the ecological, economic, and social dimensions of agriculture to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. In Crisis and Opportunity, John E. Ikerd outlines the consequences of agricultural industrialization, then details the methods that can restore economic viability, ecological soundness, and social responsibility to our agricultural system and thus ensure sustainable agriculture as the foundation of a sustainable food system and a sustainable society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803211421 20160528
Green Library
xii, 216 p. ; 23 cm.
  • 1. A Social Movement to Change Agriculture
  • 2. Knowledge Questions in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement
  • 3. Exploring the Landscape of Sustainable Alternatives in Wisconsin
  • 4. Dairy Heretics and the Exchange of Local Knowledge
  • 5. Personal Knowledge and the Creation of Women-Only Space
  • 6. Trading Ideas and Transforming Agriculture
  • App. A. Sustainable Farmer Networks in Wisconsin, 1986-95
  • App. B. Interview Guide for Ocooch Grazers Network
  • App. C. Interview Guide for Women's Network.
Changing the Way America Farms traces the manner in which alternative farmers have developed and exchanged their own personal, local knowledge as a basis for moving toward an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially just. Neva Hassanein studies the patterns of local and regional networks in Wisconsin that sprang up to disseminate new and viable agricultural methods. She argues that these networks have in many ways become the foundation of the sustainable agriculture movement. Hassanein focuses on two organizations: the Ocooch Grazers Network, a group of dairy farmers who practice intensive rotational grazing, and the Wisconsin Women's Sustainable Farming Network. The different lived experiences of particular members in each group shaped the ways local knowledge was generated and exchanged. Hassanein considers the broader implications of this kind of local-level, collective activity centered around the creation and exchange of agricultural knowledge. In rejecting the all-knowing expertise characteristic of scientific reports and extension services, network members instead created heterogeneous systems based on the exchange of information among a community of farming practitioners. These informal networks do not completely reject agricultural science, but they do suggest ways of democratizing knowledge production for sustainable agriculture. Neva Hassanein has a doctorate in environmental studies and is currently teaching in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803273214 20160612
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
i, 19 p. ; 28 cm.
Green Library
348 pages ; 24 cm
  • Countdown to the future of food
  • Target 2020: Soil. Table for one billion: to see our future, visit sunny India
  • Faster, bigger, richer, weaker : the trouble with the green revolution
  • The money knot: food prices, profits, and the new global food trade
  • Local versus industrial: the alternative economy of food
  • The twenty-first-century peasant: but who will grow our food?
  • Land as good as gold: mega-parks, mega-farms, and the global rush for farmland.
  • Target 2030: Seeds. Two thousand years of rice: what China knows that we don't
  • The genes in our seeds: the big business of food security
  • Lab rice: a better seed for a hotter planet
  • SOS: save our seeds.
  • Target 2040: Culture. From home-cooked to takeout: a culture of food for the future
  • The terrorists to the rescue! : the pope of Aligot and the French culinary resistance
  • Culinary biodiversity: you are what your ancestors ate
  • Introducing food: the culture shift
  • Target 2050: the future.
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. And the challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population is being made greater by climate change, which will increasingly wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil - few of us know where our food comes from, let alone how to grow it - and we are at the mercy of multinational corporations who control the crops and give little thought to the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. Our very future is at risk. In Consumed, Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on three continents, not only investigating the very real threats to our food, but also telling the little-known stories of the people who are working against time to create a new and hopeful future. From the mountains of southern France to the highlands of China, from the crowded streets of Nairobi to the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, we meet people from all walks of life who are putting together an alternative to the omnipresent industrial food system. In the arid fields of rural India we meet a farmer who has transformed her community by selling organic food directly to her neighbors. We visit a laboratory in Toronto where scientists are breeding a new kind of rice seed that they claim will feed the world. We learn about Italy's underground food movement; how university grads are returning to the fields in China, Greece, and France; and how in Detroit, plots of vacant land planted with kale and carrots can help us see what's possible. Food might be the problem, but as Elton shows, it is also the solution. The food system as we know it was assembled in a few decades - and if it can be built that quickly, it can be reassembled and improved in the same amount of time. Elton here lays out the targets we need to meet by the year 2050. The stories she give us hope for avoiding a daunting fate and instead help us to believe in a not-too-distant future when we can all sit at the table.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226093628 20160617
Green Library
1 online resource
159 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 24 x 25 cm.
Ten thousand years ago, the California condoras shadow raced across the rock faces of canyon walls throughout the Southwest, but, over time, the majestic condor disappeared from this landaseemingly forever. Last seen in northern Arizona in 1924, the California condor was on the brink of extinction. In the early 1980s, scientists documented only twenty-two condors remaining in the wild, all in California. Thanks to a successful captive-breeding program, their numbers have increased dramatically, and dozens now fly free over northern Arizona and southern Utah.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780971339156 20160527
Green Library
1 online resource : illustrations.


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