The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Agriculture

  • The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Agriculture book coverPublisher: Earthscan
  • First published: 2005
  • ISBN: 978-1-84407-236-1

Our agricultural and food systems are not meeting everyone’s needs, and despite great progress in increasing productivity over the past century, hundreds of people remain hungry and malnourished. This book describes a different form of agriculture: one founded more on ecological principles and which is also more harmonious with people, their societies and cultures.

Part 1: Agrarian and Rural Perspectives
Part 2: Agroecological Perspectives
Part 3: Social Perspectives
Part 4: Perspectives from Industrialised Countries
Part 5: Perspectives from Developing Countries


Part 1: Agrarian and Rural Perspectives

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  7. Flora CB and Flora J L. 1996. Creating social capital. In Vitek W and Jackson W (eds). Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place. Yale University Press, Haven and London, pp 217-225

Part 2: Agroecological Perspectives

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  5. Kevin Gallagher, Peter Ooi, Tom Mew, Emer Borromeo, Peter Kenmore and Jan-Willem Ketelaar. 2004. Ecological basis for low-toxicity integrated pest management (IPM) in rice and vegetables. In Pretty J (ed). The Pesticide Detox. Earthscan, London, Chapter 8

Part 4: Perspectives from Industrialised Countries

  1. Pretty J. 2002. Landscapes lost and found. In Agri-Culture. Earthscan, London, Chapter 1, pp 1-26
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Part 5: Perspectives from Developing Countries

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  5. Pretty J, Morison J I L and Hine R E. 2003. Reducing food poverty by increasing agricultural sustainability in developing countries. Agric. Ecosys. Environ. 95(1), 217-234