Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability: A Farming Systems Analysis

Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability: A Farming Systems Analysis

By: Glen C. Filson (editor)Hardback

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As globalization restructures agriculture and rural communities, the impacts of increasingly industrialized farming make interdisciplinary analyses of the linkages among the social, environmental, and economic aspects of farming ever more vital. This collection analyzes the reasons for the public's scrutiny of intensive agriculture and the prospects for sustainable farming now that concerns are mounting about food quality, manure runoff, greenhouse gases, extra-label use of antibiotics, pesticide use, and rural conflict. Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability outlines the advantages of Farming Systems Analysis for understanding the implications of modern, intensive agriculture. This book describes some of the major environmental and social problems connected with intensive farming; outlines a framework for analyzing its sustainability; discusses key linkages among the environmental, economic, and social indicators; outlines modelling trade-offs between profitability and environmental sustainability; and then analyzes various farming systems using case studies. The authors conclude that rural conflict and government regulation are likely to continue unless the public joins with farmers to help fund stewardship practices and stabilize farm incomes. This book will appeal to field practitioners, agricultural and environmental policy analysts, geographers, and those scholars and students who are tired of the pervasive production-oriented disciplinary focus that typifies most agricultural research.

About Author

Glen C. Filson is associate professor of Rural Extension Studies at the University of Guelph.


Figures and Tables Foreword / Murray H. Miller Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Part 1: Issues and Book Overview 1. Introduction / Glen C. Filson 2. Environmental Problems Associated with Intensive Agriculture / Glen C. Filson 3. Social Implications of Intensive Agriculture / Glen C. Filson Part 2: Framework and Linkages 4. FSR Concepts and Methods for Addressing Social and Environmental Problems / John Smithers, Ellen Wall, and Clarence Swanton 5. Developing Predictive and Summative Indicators to Model Farming Systems / Mike J. Goss, John R. Ogilvie, Glen C. Filson, Dean A. Barry, and Santiago Olmos 6. Modeling Farming System Linkages / Alfons Weersink, Scott Jeffrey, and David Pannell Part 3: Applications of the Framework and Linkages for Solving Sustainability-Related Problems of Intensive Agriculture 7. A Whole-Farm Systems Approach to Modelling Sustainable Manure Management on Intensive Swine Finishing Farms / D.P. Stonehouse, G.W. de Vos, and A. Weersink 8. Balancing Environmental and Economic Concerns in Manure Management by Use of an On-Farm Computerized Decision Support Program, MCLONE4 / John R. Ogilvie, Dean A. Barry, Mike J. Goss, and D.P. Stonehouse 9. Challenges Awaiting the Dairy Industry as the Result of its Management Decision Environment / Wayne C. Pfeiffer and Glen C. Filson 10. Water Quality Initiatives in the Crowfoot Creek Watershed, Alberta / Georgina Knitel and Alfons Weersink 11. The Ontario Environmental Farm Plan: A Whole-Farm System Approach to Participatory Environmental Management for Agriculture / John FitzGibbon, Ryan Plummer, and Robert Summers Part 4: Lessons Learned 12. Integrating Farming Systems Analysis of Intensive Farming / Glen C. Filson and Chris Duke Glossary References Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774811040
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9780774811040
  • weight: 460
  • ISBN10: 0774811048

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