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Agroecology in Action (Food, Health, and the Environment): Extending Alternative Agriculture through Social Networks
Agroecology in Action (Food, Health, and the Environment): Extending Alternative Agriculture through Social Networks Keith Douglass Warner 0262731800 9780262731805 American agriculture has doubled its use of pesticides since the p
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Agroecology in Action (Food, Health, and the Environment): Extending Alternative Agriculture through Social Networks by Keith Douglass Warner

American agriculture has doubled its use of pesticides since the publication of Rachel Carsons Silent Springin 1962. Agriculture is the nations leading cause of non-point-source water pollution—runoffs of pesticides, nutrients, and sediments into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. In Agroecology in Action,Keith Douglass Warner describes agroecology, an emerging scientific response to agricultures environmental crises, and offers detailed case studies of ways in which growers, scientists, agricultural organizations, and public agencies have developed innovative, ecologically based techniques to reduce reliance on agrochemicals. Agroecology in Actionshows that agroecology can be put into action effectively only when networks of farmers, scientists, and other stakeholders learn together. Farmers and scientists and their organizations must work collaboratively to share knowledge—whether it is derived from farm, laboratory, or marketplace. This sort of partnership, writes Warner, has emerged as the primary strategy for finding alternatives to conventional agrochemical use. Warner describes successful agroecological initiatives in California, Iowa, Washington, and Wisconsin. Californias vast and diverse specialty-crop agriculture has already produced 32 agricultural partnerships, and Warner pays particular attention to agroecological efforts in that state, including those under way in the pear, winegrape, and almond farming systems. The book shows how popular concern about the health and environmental impacts of pesticides has helped shape agricultural environmental policy, and how policy has in turn stimulated creative solutions from scientists, extension agents, and growers.

Author: Keith Douglass Warner

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 292

Publisher: MIT Press

Publication Date: 2006-11-09

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