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Farming in nature's image : an ecological approach to agriculture

Author: Judith D Soule; Jon K Piper
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Island Press, ©1992.
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Farming in Nature's Image provides, for the first time, a detailed look into the pioneering work of The Land Institute, the leading educational and research organization for sustainable agriculture.The authors draw on case studies, hands-on experience, and research results to explain the applications of a new system of agriculture based on one unifying concept: that farms should mimic the ecosystems in which they  Read more...
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Soule, Judith D.
Farming in nature's image.
Washington, D.C. : Island Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)645943992
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith D Soule; Jon K Piper
ISBN: 0933280890 9780933280892 0933280882 9780933280885
OCLC Number: 23940861
Description: xix, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ecological crises of modern agriculture. --
Roots of the crises. --
An ecological prespective on sustainability. --
A new agricultural perspective: the case for ecological agriculture. --
The feasibility of a prairielike agriculture. --
Culturing sustainability.
Responsibility: Judith D. Soule and Jon K. Piper ; foreword by Wes Jackson.
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Farming in Nature's Image provides, for the first time, a detailed look into the pioneering work of The Land Institute, the leading educational and research organization for sustainable agriculture.The authors draw on case studies, hands-on experience, and research results to explain the applications of a new system of agriculture based on one unifying concept: that farms should mimic the ecosystems in which they exist. They present both theoretical and practical information, including: a review of the environmental degradation resulting from current farming practices a critical evaluation of the attempts to solve these problems a detailed description of the ecosystem perspective and the proposed new agricultural system a case study illustrating how this new system could be applied to temperate grain production using perennial seed crops and the prairie as a model an examination of the potential savings in energy and water use, as well as potential contributions to ecological experiments and yield analysis work from The Land Institute. Written in clear, non-technical language, this book will be of great interest to soil and agricultural scientists, academics, policymakers, environmentalists, and other concerned with finding long-range solutions to agricultural problems.

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