Sustainable Agriculture Volume 2

  • Eric Lichtfouse
  • Marjolaine Hamelin
  • Mireille Navarrete
  • Philippe Debaeke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Novel Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eric Lichtfouse, Marjolaine Hamelin, Mireille Navarrete, Philippe Debaeke, Agnès Henri
      Pages 3-14
    3. Gero Benckiser
      Pages 15-26
    4. A. Wezel, S. Bellon, T. Doré, C. Francis, D. Vallod, C. David
      Pages 27-43
    5. Ika Darnhofer, Stéphane Bellon, Benoît Dedieu, Rebecka Milestad
      Pages 45-58
    6. Delphine Leenhardt, Frédérique Angevin, Anne Biarnès, Nathalie Colbach, Catherine Mignolet
      Pages 85-95
  3. Food Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. M. C. Martínez-Ballesta, R. Dominguez-Perles, D. A. Moreno, B. Muries, C. Alcaraz-López, E. Bastías et al.
      Pages 111-128
    3. Festus K. Akinnifesi, O. C. Ajayi, G. Sileshi, P. W. Chirwa, Jonas Chianu
      Pages 129-146
    4. A. C. Newton, T. Akar, J. P. Baresel, P. J. Bebeli, E. Bettencourt, K. V. Bladenopoulos et al.
      Pages 147-186
    5. David A. C. Manning
      Pages 187-203
    6. Yingfan Cai, Yongfang Xie, Jinggao Liu
      Pages 205-217
    7. Amir Hossein Khoshgoftarmanesh, Rainer Schulin, Rufus L. Chaney, Bahareh Daneshbakhsh, Majid Afyuni
      Pages 219-249
  4. Sociology and Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Aysha Fleming, Frank Vanclay
      Pages 283-293
    3. Jan Nyssen, Bram Govaerts, Tesfay Araya, Wim M. Cornelis, Hans Bauer, Mitiku Haile et al.
      Pages 295-308

About this book

Introduction

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.

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.

Keywords

Biofuels Food Security Legumes Pest Control Sustainable Agriculture

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Lichtfouse
    • 1
  • Marjolaine Hamelin
    • 2
  • Mireille Navarrete
    • 3
  • Philippe Debaeke
    • 4
  1. 1.INRA-CMSE-PMEDijonFrance
  2. 2., LBEFrench National Institute for AgriculturNarbonneFrance
  3. 3.Unite d’ÉcodéveloppementINRA-SADAvignon CX 09France
  4. 4.UMR AGIRINRAToulouse CXFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0394-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0393-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0394-0
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