Agroecology in Action: Extending Alternative Agriculture through Social Networks / Edition 1by Keith Douglass Warner
Pub. Date: 11/09/2006
Publisher: MIT Press
American agriculture has doubled its use of pesticides since the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. Agriculture is the nation's leading cause of non-point-source water pollutionrunoffs of pesticides, nutrients,and sediments into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. In Agroecology in Action,Keith Douglass Warner describes agroecology, an… See more details below
American agriculture has doubled its use of pesticides since the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. Agriculture is the nation's leading cause of non-point-source water pollutionrunoffs of pesticides, nutrients,and sediments into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. In Agroecology in Action,Keith Douglass Warner describes agroecology, an emerging scientific response to agriculture's environmental crises, and offers detailed case studies of ways in which growers, scientists, agricultural organizations, and public agencies have developed innovative, ecologically based techniques to reduce reliance on agrochemicals.Agroecology in Action shows that agroecology can be put into action effectively only when networks of farmers, scientists, and other stakeholders learn together. Farmers and scientists and their organizations must work collaboratively to share knowledgewhether it is derived from farm, laboratory, or marketplace.
This sort of partnership, writes Warner, has emerged as the primary strategy for finding alternatives to conventional agrochemical use. Warner describes successful agroecological initiatives in California, Iowa, Washington, and Wisconsin.
California's vast and diverse specialty-crop agriculture has already produced 32 agricultural partnerships, and Warner pays particular attention to agroecological efforts in that state, including those under way in the pear, winegrape, and almond farming systems.The book shows how popular concern about the health and environmental impacts of pesticides has helped shape agricultural environmental policy, and how policy has in turn stimulated creative solutions from scientists,extension agents, and growers.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Foreword Frederick Kirschenmann xi
Introduction: Re-Thinking the Ecology of Industrial Agriculture 1
Rachel's Dream: Agricultural Policy and Science in the Public Interest 9
Agroecology in America: An Integrated System of Science and Farming 35
Cultivating the Agroecological Partnership Model 59
The Partners 89
The Practices 125
Agroecological Networks in Action 163
Circulating Agroecology 197
Public Mobilization 217
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