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The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008

The Mediterranean Way Towards Industrialization

  • Manuel González de Molina
  • David Soto Fernández
  • Gloria Guzmán Casado
  • Juan Infante-Amate
  • Eduardo Aguilera Fernández
  • Jaime Vila Traver
  • Roberto García Ruiz
Open Access
Book

Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 1-28 Open Access
  3. Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 29-68 Open Access
  4. Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 69-106 Open Access
  5. Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 107-151 Open Access
  6. Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 153-179 Open Access
  7. Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 181-215 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-281

About this book

Introduction

This open access book provides a panoramic view of the evolution of Spanish agriculture from 1900 to the present, offering a more diverse picture to the complex and multidimensional reality of agrarian production. With a clear transdisciplinary ambition, the book applies an original and innovative theoretical and methodological tool, termed Agrarian Social Metabolism, combining Social Metabolism with an agroecological perspective. This integrative analysis is especially interesting for environmental scientists and policy makers being the best way to design sustainable agroecosystems and public policies capable of moving us towards a more sustainable food system.

Spanish agricultural production has experienced impressive growth during the 20th century which has allowed it to ensure the supply of food to the population and even to transform some crops into important chapters in foreign trade. However, this growth has had its negative side since it was based on the injection of large amounts of external energy, on the destruction of employment and the loss of profitability of agricultural activity. But perhaps the most serious part is the strong impact of the current industrialised agriculture model on Spanish agroecosystems, exposed to the overexploitation of hydric resources, pollution of the water by nitrates and pesticides, high erosion rates and an alarming loss of biodiversity; damage which in the immediate future will end up reducing production capacity.

Keywords

Agrarian Social Metabolism Socio-ecological Transition Spanish Agricultural History Agro-ecology Agricultural industrialization Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  • Manuel González de Molina
    • 1
  • David Soto Fernández
    • 2
  • Gloria Guzmán Casado
    • 3
  • Juan Infante-Amate
    • 4
  • Eduardo Aguilera Fernández
    • 5
  • Jaime Vila Traver
    • 6
  • Roberto García Ruiz
    • 7
  1. 1.Departamento de Geografía, Historia y Filosofía, Agroecosystems History LaboratoryUniversidad Pablo de OlavideSevillaSpain
  2. 2.Agroecosystems History LaboratoryUniversidad de Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  3. 3.Agroecosystems History LaboratoryUniversidad Pablo de OlavideSevilleSpain
  4. 4.Agroecosystems History LaboratoryUniversidad Pablo de OlavideSevilleSpain
  5. 5.Agroecosystems History LaboratoryUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  6. 6.Agroecosystems History LaboratoryUniversidad Pablo de OlavideSevilleSpain
  7. 7.Agroecosystems History LaboratoryUniversidad de JaénJaénSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20900-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-20899-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-20900-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-9019
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-9027
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