The Resource An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture : Energy Use Efficiency in the American South, by Carl F. Jordan, (electronic resource)

An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture : Energy Use Efficiency in the American South, by Carl F. Jordan, (electronic resource)

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An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture : Energy Use Efficiency in the American South
Title
An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture
Title remainder
Energy Use Efficiency in the American South
Statement of responsibility
by Carl F. Jordan
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Author
Author
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
For economic reasons, farmers generally strive to maximize short-term agricultural yield (energy output) through energy subsidies in the form of fertilizers and pesticides. When these subsidies are used inefficiently they result in water and air pollution, soil erosion, extinction of beneficial insects, spread of disease, and disappearance of ground water reservoirs. The key to agricultural sustainability lies in understanding how the whole system – not just the parts – reacts to impacts resulting from energy subsidies. Because of the pollution (wasted energy) from excessive subsidies, and the increasing scarcity and cost of non-renewable energy subsidies, the most critical ecosystem property that affects sustainability is energy use efficiency, that is, energy output (yield) per unit energy input (subsidy). Increasing the energy use efficiency in agriculture may cause a decrease in gross energy output, but it results in greater net energy output. Any decline in yield from increasing energy efficiency is compensated for by decreased costs of energy inputs and pollution clean-up costs. The net result is greater long-term profit and greater agricultural sustainability. The holistic approach to agricultural sustainability points the way toward techniques to manage farms more sustainably. It shows how substituting the services of nature – from nitrogen fixation to natural pest controls – for petroleum-based subsidies can help to achieve greater energy use efficiency. Framing solutions to agricultural problems in terms of ecosystem properties, and how solutions based on such an understanding have worked in the American South, are the basis for this book. While the focus is on this region, lessons learned from the Southern experience can be applied worldwide, thus providing alternatives to unsustainable practices. Concepts are reinforced by numerous case studies, applied tools, and examples.
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Jordan, Carl F
Dewey number
  • 631
  • 631.5
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DhNLJ08KRL4
Language note
English
LC call number
  • GE195-199
  • GE196
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Environmental Challenges and Solutions,
Series volume
1
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  • Sustainable development
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental management
  • Endangered ecosystems
  • Applied Ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Management
  • Ecosystems
  • Applied Ecology
  • Conservation Biology/Ecology
Label
An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture : Energy Use Efficiency in the American South, by Carl F. Jordan, (electronic resource)
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Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
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text
Content type code
txt
Contents
A Systems (Holistic) Approach to Sustainable Agriculture -- A History of Unsustainability in Agriculture -- Political and Economic Challenges to Creating a Sustainable Agriculture -- Energetic Services of Nature That Increase Agricultural Sustainability -- Applied Tools and Practices For Sustainable Agriculture -- An Economic, Ecological, and Cultural Evaluation of Agriculture in The American South -- Case Studies of Contemporary, Sustainable Farms in the South -- Holism vs. Reductionism in Agricultural Science -- Appendices
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2013.
Extent
1 online resource (261 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789400767904
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-94-007-6790-4
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (CKB)2670000000372400
  • (EBL)1317004
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  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000898528
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  • (EXLCZ)992670000000372400
Label
An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Agriculture : Energy Use Efficiency in the American South, by Carl F. Jordan, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Contents
A Systems (Holistic) Approach to Sustainable Agriculture -- A History of Unsustainability in Agriculture -- Political and Economic Challenges to Creating a Sustainable Agriculture -- Energetic Services of Nature That Increase Agricultural Sustainability -- Applied Tools and Practices For Sustainable Agriculture -- An Economic, Ecological, and Cultural Evaluation of Agriculture in The American South -- Case Studies of Contemporary, Sustainable Farms in the South -- Holism vs. Reductionism in Agricultural Science -- Appendices
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2013.
Extent
1 online resource (261 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789400767904
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-94-007-6790-4
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2670000000372400
  • (EBL)1317004
  • (SSID)ssj0000898528
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11469334
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000898528
  • (PQKBWorkID)10919436
  • (PQKB)10941633
  • (DE-He213)978-94-007-6790-4
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC1317004
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000372400

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