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Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability

A Farming Systems Analysis

Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability outlines the advantages of Farming Systems Analysis for understanding the implications of modern, intensive agriculture. This book describes some of the major environmental and social problems connected with intensive farming; outlines a framework for analyzing its sustainability; discusses key linkages among the environmental, economic, and social indicators; outlines modelling trade-offs between profitability and environmental sustainability; and then analyzes various farming systems using case studies.

252 pages

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

Foreword / Murray H. Miller




Part 1: Issues and Book Overview

1. Introduction / Glen C. Filson

2. Environmental Problems Associated with Intensive Agriculture / Glen C. Filson

3. Social Implications of Intensive Agriculture / Glen C. Filson

Part 2: Framework and Linkages

4. FSR Concepts and Methods for Addressing Social and Environmental Problems / John Smithers, Ellen Wall, and Clarence Swanton

5. Developing Predictive and Summative Indicators to Model Farming Systems / Mike J. Goss, John R. Ogilvie, Glen C. Filson, Dean A. Barry, and Santiago Olmos

6. Modeling Farming System Linkages / Alfons Weersink, Scott Jeffrey, and David Pannell

Part 3: Applications of the Framework and Linkages for Solving Sustainability-Related Problems of Intensive Agriculture

7. A Whole-Farm Systems Approach to Modelling Sustainable Manure Management on Intensive Swine Finishing Farms / D.P. Stonehouse, G.W. de Vos, and A. Weersink

8. Balancing Environmental and Economic Concerns in Manure Management by Use of an On-Farm Computerized Decision Support Program, MCLONE4 / John R. Ogilvie, Dean A. Barry, Mike J. Goss, and D.P. Stonehouse

9. Challenges Awaiting the Dairy Industry as the Result of its Management Decision Environment / Wayne C. Pfeiffer and Glen C. Filson

10. Water Quality Initiatives in the Crowfoot Creek Watershed, Alberta / Georgina Knitel and Alfons Weersink


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