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The Agri-Environment
     

The Agri-Environment

by John Warren
 

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ISBN-10: 0521614880

ISBN-13: 9780521614887

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The application of ecological theory and conservation biology to agricultural ecosystems has become an important and growing research field and undergraduate course component in recent years. This book is both an academic textbook and a practical guide to farm conservation, and has evolved from the authors' extensive teaching experience. It covers the ecology of

Overview

The application of ecological theory and conservation biology to agricultural ecosystems has become an important and growing research field and undergraduate course component in recent years. This book is both an academic textbook and a practical guide to farm conservation, and has evolved from the authors' extensive teaching experience. It covers the ecology of farmed land, how agricultural practices influence the environment, how agriculture has changed over time and how the species that inhabit the agri-environment have adapted. It also covers the history of agricultural policy and subsidies and the development of agri-environment schemes. A number of different farming systems are discussed, as are the difficulties in determining their relative merits. Guidance is offered on how to produce a workable farm conservation plan, and the final chapters look to the future and the development of new greener farming systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521614887
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements vii

1 An introduction to agro-ecology 1

2 Agricultural support and environmentalism 19

3 Environmental impacts of agriculture 42

4 Principles behind agri-environment schemes 64

5 Farm conservation planning 83

6 Habitat management 105

7 The management of agricultural wastes 127

8 Low-impact farming systems 143

9 Landscape and farmscape ecology 162

10 The future of agri-environmental systems 180

Glossary 196

References 203

Index 215

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