World Agriculture and the Environment: A Commodity-by-Commodity Guide to Impacts and Practices / Edition 1

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Overview

World Agriculture and the Environment presents a unique assessment of agricultural commodity production and the environmental problems it causes, along with prescriptions for increasing efficiency and reducing damage to natural systems. Drawing on his extensive travel and research in agricultural regions around the world, and employing statistics from a range of authoritative sources including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization,the author examines twenty of the world’s major crops, including beef, coffee, corn, rice, rubber, shrimp, sorghum, tea, and tobacco. For each crop, he offers comparative information including:

• a “fast facts” overview section that summarizes key data for the crop
• main producing and consuming countries
• main types of production
• market trend information and market chain analyses
• major environmental impacts
• management strategies and best practices
• key contacts and references
With maps of major commodity production areas worldwide, the book represents the first truly global portrait of agricultural production patterns and environmental impacts.
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Editorial Reviews

President Jimmy Carter

"...an essential reference."
Civil Engineering Magazine
....Replete with bibliographical citations and extremely detailed both in its examination of environmental problems and in its description of the economic forces at play, World Agriculture and the Environment is sobering but not unduly pessimistic. The reader is made aware that, in most cases, intelligent people have worked out ways to make things better, It is an excellent reference book for those in related fields as well as for consumers wanting to learn more than what can be divined from the few sentences appearing on the labels of organic food....

If, however, you are curious about how agricultural practices and, by extension, your own choices as a consumer affect biodiversity and ecosystem functions, than this is the book for you. — May 2004

Library Journal
Clay (vice-president, Ctr. for Conservation Innovation, World Wildlife Fund U.S.) brings us this economic and environmental overview of 21 commodities, including coffee, soybeans, tobacco, rice, corn, salmon, and beef. For each, he offers both summary data for and maps of production areas, production systems, market trends, and environmental impacts. Clay successfully compresses a large amount of data from diverse aspects of commodity production into trim portions. The market chain and trend data are especially welcome additions to the more traditional agricultural and ecological information. In general, Clay keeps the overviews neutral in tone, although his positive personal experiences with farming do influence his discussion of agricultural history and what he sees as the future trends in this area. Anyone looking for a global perspective on a current situation or a future outlook for these commodities will be well satisfied. Recommended for all agricultural and undergraduate library collections.-Marianne Stowell Bracke, Science-Engineering Lib., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559633703
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Agricultural Trends and Realities 11
2 Agriculture and the Environment 45
Commodities
3 Coffee 69
4 Tea 93
5 Cocoa 113
6 Orange Juice 137
7 Sugarcane 155
8 Soybeans 173
9 Palm Oil 203
10 Bananas 237
11 Cashews 263
12 Cotton 283
13 Wood Pulp 305
14 Rubber 333
15 Tobacco 347
16 Wheat 367
17 Rice 387
18 Corn (Maize) 407
19 Sorghum 429
20 Cassava 447
21 Beef 461
22 Shrimp 491
23 Salmon 513
Conclusion 543
About the Author 553
Index 555
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