Planting the Future: Developing an Agriculture That Sustains Land and Community / Edition 1

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Overview

Synthesizes results of the "Sustainable Agriculture Initiative," a "systematic socioeconomic comparison of sustainable and conventional farming" sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation and conducted in a five-state area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813820729
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Executive Summary
Acknowledgements
Contributors
About the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) and the Center for Rural Affairs (CRA)
Pt. I Critical Choices For The Future 1
1 The Promise of Sustainable Agriculture 3
2 An Agricultural Geography of the Northwest Area 17
Pt. II Sustainable Farming, Sustainable Communities 37
3 What is Sustainable Agriculture? 45
4 Impact of Sustainable Farming on the Structure of American Agriculture 67
5 Farm Labor and Management 83
6 Economic Position and Performance of Sustainable Farms 93
7 Community Trade Patterns of Conventional and Sustainable Farmers 131
8 Sustainable Agriculture: A Better Quality of Life? 147
9 Adoption of Sustainable Agriculture 155
Pt. III Lessons from Alternative Approaches to Agricultural Research 173
10 Use of Participatory Research in Agriculture 179
11 Case Studies and Decision Cases 191
12 Using Ecological Methods in Agriculture 203
13 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 209
14 Overcoming Barriers: Reflections on Cooperative Research 213
Pt. IV Future Research Needs And Policy Issues/Recommendations 217
15 Future Research Needs 219
16 Policy Issues and Recommendations 233
Appendix A - Study Methods 255
Appendix B - Organizations and Grants 261
References 267
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