Agroecology and Strategies for Climate Change by Olivier De Schutter (auth.), Eric Lichtfouse (eds.)
By Olivier De Schutter (auth.), Eric Lichtfouse (eds.)
Sustainable agriculture is a speedily becoming box aiming at generating meals and effort in a sustainable method for our youngsters. This self-discipline addresses present concerns resembling weather swap, expanding nutrition and gasoline costs, hunger, weight problems, water toxins, soil erosion, fertility loss, pest regulate and biodiversity depletion. Novel suggestions are proposed according to built-in wisdom from agronomy, soil technology, molecular biology, chemistry, toxicology, ecology, financial system, philosophy and social sciences. As real society matters at the moment are intertwined, sustainable agriculture will deliver ideas to construct a more secure global. This booklet sequence analyzes present agricultural matters and proposes replacement strategies, accordingly aiding all scientists, decision-makers, professors, farmers and politicians wishing to construct secure agriculture, power and foodstuff platforms for destiny generations.
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V. 2012 35 36 G. Purvis et al. goals may be achievable through development of low-input, multi-species pastures to provide the optimum level of digestible ﬁbre required by the grazing animal with minimised reliance on external nutrient inputs. In addition to resolving signiﬁcant animal health and performance issues, such a shift in pasture management strategy is likely to offer a wide range of other important ecological advantages that result from functionally important niche complementarity between sward species in biodiverse grasslands.
Although not directly discussing agroecology, Pretty (2008) arguments also clearly that it is necessary to simultaneously consider and analyse natural, social, human, physical and ﬁnancial capital dimensions to shape concepts for agricultural sustainability, the core topic of agroecology. A practical example on how such different dimension can be evaluated simultaneously is the ﬁlter approach of Haigis et al. (1999). In using agroecological, technical, institutional, sociological and economic ﬁlters, different technology options for small-scale farmers were interdisciplinary evaluated for their acceptance or rejection.
This research also allowed developing a decision support system to manage N fertilisation of organic wheat (David et al. 2005b; David and Jeuffroy 2009) to improve grain yield and grain protein content. In addition, it gave an early indication of whether this decision support system is likely to be adopted by farmers (agronomy, sociology). During the second phase of the program, research went beyond the restricted ﬁeld scale analyses in integrating more farm management aspects. g. g. cultivar, preceding crop, N fertilisation and weed control, but also the incidence of soil and climatic conditions such as water deﬁcit and temperature on grain yield and protein content (ﬁeld and agroecosystem scale; agronomy).