Environmental Science/Climate Change & Mitigation

Sustainable Development of Organic Agriculture
Historical Perspectives

Editor: Kim Etingoff

Sustainable Development of Organic Agriculture

Pub Date: December 2016
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771884839
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-315-36580-0
Pages: 336 with index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 12 b/w and 7 color illustrations

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

This important compilation presents an indepth view spanning past values and practices, present understandings, and potential futures, and covering a range of concrete case studies on sustainable development of organic agriculture. The book explores the very different facets of organic and sustainable agriculture.

Part I of this book delves into the ways that people have approached organic agriculture in sociological, scientific, and economic terms. Part II looks ahead to the future of organic agriculture, presenting opportunities for further progress. Part III consists of an extensive bibliography, chronologically developing the progress of organic and sustainable agriculture over two thousand years.

The chapters
  • studies the cultural dimension of organic consumption
  • presents how sustainable agriculture can reduce and mitigate the impact of climate change on crop production
  • looks at the impact of agriculture on both famine and rural poverty in an ecofriendly and socially inclusive manner
  • examines six of the oldest grain crop-based organic comparison experiments in the US, looking at the environmental and economic outcomes from organic agroecosystems, to both producers and policymakers
  • reviews the role of experimentation and innovation in developing sustainable organic agriculture
  • looks at the challenges of organic farmers
  • discusses ways to ensure sustainability and resilience of farming
  • looks at ways to change the mindset of farmers especially in traditional farming communities
  • explores the development of organic and sustainable agriculture through more than 500 years, ending with the early twenty first century.
All together, the chapters provide a nuanced look at the development of organic and sustainable agriculture, with the conclusion that organic is not enough to be sustainable.

Part I: Past and Current Perspectives
1. The Organic Food Philosophy: A Qualitative Exploration of the Practices, Values, and Beliefs of Dutch Organic Consumers Within a Cultural–Historical Frame
Hanna Schösler, Joop de Boer, and Jan J. Boersema
2. Organic Farming: The Arrival and Uptake of the Dissident Agriculture Meme in Australia
John Paull
3. Overview of the Global Spread of Conservation Agriculture
Theodor Friedrich, Rolf Derpsch, and Amir Kassam
4. The Transition from Green to Evergreen Revolution
M.S. Swaminathan and P.C. Kesavan
5. A Review of LongTerm Organic Comparison Trials in the U.S.
Kathleen Delate, Cynthia Cambardella, Craig Chase, and Robert Turnbull

Part II: Preparing for the Future
6. Keeping the Actors in the Organic System Learning: The Role of Organic Farmers’ Experiments
Christian R. Vogl, Susanne Kummer, Friedrich Leitgeb, Christoph Schunko, and Magdalena Aigner
7. Supporting Innovation in Organic Agriculture: A European Perspective Using Experience from the SOLID Project
Susanne Padel, Mette Vaarst, and Konstantinos Zaralis
8. Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture in Malaysia: Organic Farmers’ Challenges Towards Adoption
Neda Tiraieyari, Azimi Hamzah, and Bahaman Abu Samah
9. Are Organic Standards Sufficient to Ensure Sustainable Agriculture? Lessons From New Zealand’s ARGOS and Sustainability Dashboard Projects
Charles Merfield, Henrik Moller, Jon Manhire, Chris Rosin, Solis Norton, Peter Carey, Lesley Hunt, John Reid, John Fairweather, Jayson Benge, Isabelle Le Quellec, Hugh Campbell, David Lucock, Caroline Saunders, Catriona MacLeod, Andrew Barber, and Alaric McCarthy
10. An Ecologically Sustainable Approach to Agricultural Production Intensification: Global Perspectives and Developments
Amir Kassam and Theodor Friedrich

Part III: Annotated Bibliographies for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
11. Tracing the Evolution of Organic/Sustainable Agriculture: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography
Mary V. Gold and Jane Potter Gates
12. Twenty-First Century Organic and Sustainable Farming: A Brief Annotated Bibliography
Kim Etingoff

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Kim Etingoff
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Kim Etingoff has a Tufts University’s terminal master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Her recent experience includes researching with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City a report on food resiliency within the city of Boston. She worked in partnership with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Alternatives for Community and Environment to support a community food planning process based in a Boston neighborhood, which was oriented toward creating a vehicle for community action around urban food issues, providing extensive background research to ground the resident led planning process. She has worked in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, and has also coordinated and developed programs in urban agriculture and nutrition education. In addition, she has many years of experience researching, writing, and editing educational and academic books on environmental and food issues.

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