Economic, Environmental, and Health Tradeoffs in Agriculture: Pesticides and the Sustainability of Andean Potato Production / Edition 1

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Today the goal of designing highly productive, sustainable agricultural production systems is at the forefront of agricultural research agendas around the world. The key to designing sustainable agricultural production technologies is in understanding their economic, environmental, and human health impacts. This volume presents a methodology designed to quantify such impacts and to represent them as tradeoffs. This tradeoff methodology is proposed as an approach to accomplish two essential elements in achieving agricultural sustainability. First, the tradeoffs method is a key to the design of successful interdisciplinary research projects for assessing sustainability of production systems. Second, the tradeoffs method provides a successful means of communicating research findings to policy makers and the public.

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Proposes a methodology for quantifying the economic, environmental, and human health impacts of sustainable agricultural production technologies by pitting them against each other as tradeoffs. Argues that the tradeoff method is a key to designing successful interdisciplinary research projects to assess the sustainability of production means, and provides a means of communicating research findings to policy makers and the public. First develops the conceptual and methodological foundations, then applies them to potato farming systems in the Carchi Province of Ecuador and to economic reform and pesticide policies in Ecuador and Columbia. The final section analyzes and develops models from the case study from such perspectives as describing pesticide movement in potato production, the health impacts of pesticide use, the role of pesticides in farm productivity and farmer health, and an integrated simulation model and analysis. The findings are from one of four projects; those from the Philippines are in an earlier volume of the series. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792380566
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/5/2007
  • Series: Natural Resource Management and Policy Series, #12
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Maps. List of Tables. Preface. 1. Introduction and Overview; C.C. Crissman, et al. Part One: Conceptual and Methodological Foundations. 2. Tradeoffs in Policy Analysis: Conceptual Foundations and Disciplinary Integration; J.M. Antle, et al. 3. Conceptual and Methodological Aspects of Assessing Pesticide Environmental Impact in Developing Areas; R.J. Wagenet, et al. 4. Conceptual and Methodological Aspects of Investigating the Health Impacts of Agricultural Pesticide Use in Developing Countries; D.C. Cole, et al. Part Two: An Introduction to Pesticide Policies in the Andean Region and to the Carchi Case Study Site. 5. The Case Study Site: Physical, Health, and Potato Farming Systems in Carchi Province; C.C. Crissman, et al. 6. Economic Reforms and Changing Pesticide Policies in Ecuador and Colombia; D.R. Lee, P. Espinosa. Part Three: Model Development and Analysis. 7. Econometric and Simulation Modeling of the Carchi Potato Production System; J.M. Antle, et al. 8. Describing Pesticide Movement in Potato Production on Carchi Soils; C.E.H. Ducrot, et al. 9. Health Impacts of Pesticide Use in Carchi Farm Populations; D.C. Cole, et al. 10. The Role of Pesticides in Farm Productivity and Farmer Health; J.M. Antle, et al. 11. Integrated Simulation Model and Analysis of Economic, Environmental, and Health Tradeoffs in the Carchi Potato-Pasture Production System; J.M. Antle, et al. About the Mathematical Symbols Used in this Book. Acronyms. Subject Index.

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