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Integrating Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, and Environmental Policy

Raymond P Poincelot, Richard Olson

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ISBN 10: 1560220236 / ISBN 13: 9781560220237
Published by CRC, 1992
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Title: Integrating Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology...

Publisher: CRC

Publication Date: 1992

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Find an interdiscliplinary view of sustainable agriculture that emphasizes the potential contributions of ecology to agricultural sustainability in this groundbreaking book. Integrating Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, and Environmental Policy explores how ecological knowledge, applied as part of a multidisciplinary effort, can be used to design a sustainable and environmentally sound agriculture. A more ecologically based agriculture can increase production efficiency and decrease environmental impacts, but hard choices regarding population control, energy conservation, and land use must still be made. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that the results are beneficial to all components, for example, an ecologically based management scheme which bankrupts the farmer is not considered a viable option for sustainable agriculture. These thought-provoking chapters are an excellent introduction to the contributions of ecological principles to an environmentally sound sustainable agriculture.

This multidisciplinary examination provides readers interested in agriculture with a valuable introduction to related work in other fields including ecology and economics. Agronomists, ecologists, educators, and policymakers will find essential information on diverse topics including:

  • the definition and measurement of ecological sustainability in agriculture
  • landscape ecology and the design of sustainable agricultural landscapes
  • soil ecology as a foundation for sustainable agriculture
  • Federal agricultural policies as incentives or deterrent to sustainable agriculture
  • applying farming systems research and extension to sustainable agriculture
  • population growth and other threats to sustainable agriculture
  • environmental policies and their effects on sustainable agriculture
  • the role of precollege education in developing sustainable agriculture

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Rudolf Steiner (18611925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe's scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner's multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architec

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