The Eco-footprint of agriculture: A far-from- thermodynamic -equilibrium interpretation
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Rees, William E
Ecologically necessary and economically feasible, sustainable agriculture based on an agro-ecological model is socially desirable for rural areas. The realistic pricing of resources, attention to the ecology of land, and eco-technology implies a return to smaller farms and more labor- and information-intensive practices. Meanwhile, urban society would reap special dividends with the restoration of ecological diversity and beauty to the rural landscape, and through reduced pollution of air, water, and soil and other off-farm impacts. The motive for this revolution is simple and strong. If we do not learn to live within the means of nature, we will wind up permanently destroying our habitat.
Agricultural biotechnology; food safety; food security; global agriculture; developing countries; sustainability; Eco-footprint; GMO; precautionary principle,
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