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Simplified and Explained

  • Offers a complete reference source of the basics and core aspects of agroecology

  • Presents temperate and tropical agriculture, covering the totality of agroecology for an international audience

  • Written as a comprehensive resource for researchers, students and academics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Paul Wojtkowski
    Pages 1-14
  3. Paul Wojtkowski
    Pages 15-31
  4. Paul Wojtkowski
    Pages 33-56
  5. Paul Wojtkowski
    Pages 57-74
  6. Paul Wojtkowski
    Pages 75-87
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    Pages 105-115
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  10. Paul Wojtkowski
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  11. Paul Wojtkowski
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  12. Paul Wojtkowski
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  13. Paul Wojtkowski
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  14. Back Matter
    Pages 205-437

About this book


This book presents the core elements that underwrite agroecology. Expressed across twelve chapters, the universality of the core is the essence of agroecology. This alone would be of interest to researchers, students, and academics. Furthermore, the book contains a long, detailed, and inclusive glossary that, with over 160 entries, elaborates on the topics presented. Included are recent developments as well as time-tested, traditional farm practices. The book also advances the theoretical base, fills gaps in the published research, and suggests future opportunities and future directions. The book is internationally oriented, presenting both temperate and tropical agriculture.

The book begins by comparing agroecology against conventional, monoculturally-based agriculture. In doing so, it defines the unique features of agroecology and their significance in achieving sustainable and environmentally-friendly agriculture. The book goes on to discuss the underlying technologies, the various manifestations of biodiversity, and the risk countermeasures associated with agroecology. This includes the farm landscape as a positive base for ecology, and how, if used well, it can produce major economic growth. The book concludes by summarizing the key findings, and assessing the macro-challenges facing agroecology.


Agroecology Agroecosystem Eco-services Agrotechnology Productive intercropping Facilitative intercropping Farm landscape Ecological risk mitigation Glossary of agroecology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de ConcepciónPittsfieldUSA

About the authors

Dr. Paul Wojtkowski is a writer, independent consultant, and an internationally recognized expert in land-use sciences (agriculture, forestry, and agroforestry). He has a Ph.D. in Forest Economics (University of Georgia, 1989). As an independent author, he has published eight books and several key articles on agroecology and agroforestry. Dr. Wojtkowski has extensive international experience. In presenting the problems, practicalities, best management practices found worldwide, he is able to provide singular insight into agroecology.

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