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Life Sciences - Agriculture | Farming for Food and Water Security

Farming for Food and Water Security

Lichtfouse, Eric (Ed.)

2012, V, 274 p. 49 illus.

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  • Reports a novel tool to assess public goods of organic farming using a radar diagram
  • Reports a list of advanced methods to remove water pesticides
  • Participatory research shows that farmers perform better than extension officers Reports a list of criteria to select agroindicators
Sustainable agriculture is a rapidly growing field aiming at producing food and energy in a sustainable way for humans and their children. Sustainable agriculture is a discipline that addresses current issues such as climate change, increasing food and fuel prices, poor-nation starvation, rich-nation obesity, water pollution, soil erosion, fertility loss, pest control, and biodiversity depletion. Novel, environmentally-friendly solutions are proposed based on integrated knowledge from sciences as diverse as agronomy, soil science, molecular biology, chemistry, toxicology, ecology, economy, and social sciences. Indeed, sustainable agriculture decipher mechanisms of processes that occur from the molecular level to the farming system to the global level at time scales ranging from seconds to centuries. For that, scientists use the system approach that involves studying components and interactions of a whole system to address scientific, economic and social issues. In that respect, sustainable agriculture is not a classical, narrow science. Instead of solving problems using the classical painkiller approach that treats only negative impacts, sustainable agriculture treats problem sources. Because most actual society issues are now intertwined, global, and fast-developing, sustainable agriculture will bring solutions to build a safer world. This book series 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.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Agroindicators - Food Security - Organic Farming - Pesticides - Water Security

Related subjects » Agriculture - Water Policy, Governance, and Management

Table of contents 

Public goods and farming; Dr. Catherine Gerrard
Pesticides and sustainable agriculture; Dr. Patrick Drogui
Nitrogen use efficiency by annual and perennial crops; Dr. Corina Carranca
Microalgae for bioremediation of distillery effluent; Dr. Nirbhay K. Singh
No-till direct seeding for energy-saving rice production in China; Dr. Min Huang
Agricultural water poverty index for a sustainable world; Dr. Masoumeh Forouzani
Participatory rural appraisal to solve irrigation issues; Dr. Albert T. Modi
Bioavailability of soil P for plant nutrition; Dr. Mohdsayeed Akhtar
Animal manure for smallholder agriculture in South Africa; Dr. Alfred Oghode Misaiti
Vermicompost and soil quality; Dr. Supradip Saha

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