Sustainable Agriculture

  • Eric Lichtfouse
  • Mireille Navarrete
  • Philippe Debaeke
  • Souchere Véronique
  • Caroline Alberola

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 14-14
    2. Eric Lichtfouse, Mireille Navarrete, Philippe Debaeke, Véronique Souchère, Caroline Alberola, Josiane Ménassieu
      Pages 1-7
    3. Rattan Lal
      Pages 9-12
    4. Rattan Lal
      Pages 25-49
    5. Martial Bernoux, Carlos C. Cerri, Carlos Eduardo P. Cerri, Marcos Siqueira Neto, Aurélie Metay, Anne-Sophie Perrin et al.
      Pages 75-85
    6. J. D. Etchevers, C. Prat, C. Balbontı́n, M. Bravo, M. Martı́nez
      Pages 87-96
    7. Enrico Ceotto
      Pages 141-151
    8. M. Farooq, A. Wahid, N. Kobayashi, D. Fujita, S. M. A. Basra
      Pages 153-188

About this book


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.


AgroMicro Agroecology Climate Change Environment Soil Science Sustainability Sustainable Agriculture biodiversity

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Lichtfouse
    • 1
  • Mireille Navarrete
    • 2
  • Philippe Debaeke
    • 3
  • Souchere Véronique
    • 4
  • Caroline Alberola
    • 5
  1. 1.INRA-CMSE-PMEDijon CXFrance
  2. 2.Unite d¿ÉcodéveloppementINRA-SADAvignon CX 09France
  3. 3.UMR AGIRINRAToulouse CXFrance
  4. 4.UMR SADAPTINRA-INA PGThiverval-GrignonFrance
  5. 5.Dépt. Environnement et AgronomieINRA AvignonAvignon CX 9France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2665-1
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2666-8
  • About this book
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