<p>?ming 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.<p>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: <ul><li>a review of the environmental degradation resulting from current farming practices <li>a critical evaluation of the attempts to solve these problems <li>a detailed description of the ecosystem perspective and the proposed new agricultural system <li>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 <li>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.</ul><p>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.
Chapter 1. Ecological Crises Of Modern Agriculture
Chapter 2. Roots Of The Crises
Chapter 3. An Ecological Perspective On Sustainability
Chapter 4. A New Agricultural Perspective: The Case For Ecological Agriculture
Chapter 5. The Feasibility Of A Prairielike Agriculture
Chapter 6. Culturing Sustainability