The Agri-Environment: Theory and Practice of Managing the Environmental Impacts of Agriculture
Cambridge University Press, 2007-12-13
EAN 9780521849654, ISBN10: 0521849659
Paperback, 232 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 1.4 cm
The application of ecological theory and conservation biology to agricultural ecosystems has become an important and growing research field and undergraduate course component in recent years. This book is both an academic textbook and practical guide to farm conservation, and has evolved from the authors’ extensive teaching experience. It covers the ecology of farmed land, how agricultural practices influence the environment, how agriculture has changed over time and how the species that inhabit the agri-environment have adapted. It also covers the history of agricultural policy and subsidies and the development of agri-environment schemes. A number of different farming systems are discussed, as are the difficulties in determining their relative merits. Guidance is offered on how to produce a workable farm conservation plan, and the final chapters look to the future and the development of new, greener farming systems.
'…easy to read. … a very balanced view of a number of topics that tend to polarise people, such as organic agriculture and the potentials for GM technology. …I enjoyed reading this book…' Bulletin for the British Ecological Society