As globalization restructures agriculture and rural communities, the impacts of increasingly industrialized farming have captured public attention. 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 and for evaluating its sustainabilty.The first part of the book looks at the major environmental and social problems connected with intensive farming. Using farming systems analysis, other chapters discuss key linkages among the environmental, economic, and social indicators; outline modelling trade-offs between profitability and environmental sustainability; and provides case studies that analyze farming systems.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.The magnitude and complexity of the problems posed by modern, intensive agriculture make interdisciplinary analyses of the linkages among the social, environmental, and economic aspects of farming ever more vital. This book moves the discussion in new directions and will appeal to field practitioners, agricultural and environmental policy analysts, geographers, and those scholars and students weary of the pervasive production-oriented disciplinary focus that typifies most agricultural research.
Glen C. Filson is associate professor of RuralExtension 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 EnvironmentalProblems / John Smithers, Ellen Wall, and Clarence Swanton 5. Developing Predictive and Summative Indicators to Model FarmingSystems / Mike J. Goss, John R. Ogilvie, Glen C. Filson, Dean A.Barry, and Santiago Olmos 6. Modeling Farming System Linkages / Alfons Weersink, ScottJeffrey, and David Pannell Part 3: Applications of the Framework and Linkages forSolving Sustainability-Related Problems of IntensiveAgriculture 7. A Whole-Farm Systems Approach to Modelling Sustainable ManureManagement on Intensive Swine Finishing Farms / D.P. Stonehouse,G.W. de Vos, and A. Weersink 8. Balancing Environmental and Economic Concerns in ManureManagement 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 itsManagement 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 SystemApproach 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