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Sustainable Agriculture / Edition 2
     

Sustainable Agriculture / Edition 2

by Ian J. Mason
 

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ISBN-10: 0643068767

ISBN-13: 9780643068766

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

The technological revolution in farming practices has allowed us to clear and cultivate more land, grow plants and animals faster, and kill a greater variety of pests and diseases than ever before. Unfortunately, these efficiencies are proving to be unsustainable in the long term and have created problems such as soil structural decline, erosion, salinity, soil

Overview

The technological revolution in farming practices has allowed us to clear and cultivate more land, grow plants and animals faster, and kill a greater variety of pests and diseases than ever before. Unfortunately, these efficiencies are proving to be unsustainable in the long term and have created problems such as soil structural decline, erosion, salinity, soil acidification, loss of fertility, nutrient loading of waterways, dams and a build up of chemical residues.

This book is about foreseeing and understanding such problems and addressing them before it is too late. John Mason examines all these problems and explains the concepts and long-term benefits of sustainable farming systems such as permaculture, biodynamics, organic farming, agroforestry, conservation tillage, and integrated hydroculture.

Sustainable Agriculture 2nd Edition also looks at important issues such as monoculture versus polyculture, the use of hybrids, selection criteria for plants and stock, integrated pest management and preparing a farm for droughts and floods. Other areas examined include diversifying into farm tourism and value adding before selling produce.

Features
* Explains the different sustainable farming systems
* Covers how to manage change to implement sustainable farming
* Provides strategies from a cross-section of countries
* Explores new areas such as farm tourism and value adding
* Investigates weed control without chemicals

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780643068766
Publisher:
CSIRO Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Landlinks Press Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.89(w) x 9.76(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1) Different Things to Different People; 2) Sustainable Concepts; 3) Soils; 4) Water Management; 5) Pest and Disease Control; 6) Sustainable Natural Weed Control and Cultivation; 7) Management; 8) Managing plants—Crops and Pastures; 9) Managing plants—Tree Plantings and Windbreaks; 10) Managing Animals in a More Sustainable Way; 11) Understanding Products Used in Sustainable Agriculture; Appendix; Index.

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