Food production and nature conservation: conflicts and solutions

Gordon, Iain J., Squire, Geoff R., and Prins, Herbert H.T. (2017) Food production and nature conservation: conflicts and solutions. In: Gordon, Iain J., Prins, Herbert H.T., and Squire, Geoff R., (eds.) Food Production and Nature Conservation: conflicts and solutions. Earthscan Food and Agriculture . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 3-11.

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Abstract

Human development has been intimately linked with the development of agriculture over the past 10,000 years. Significant developments in agronomy and agricultural practice have supported civilizations and technological advances and allowed the human population to grow to over 7 billion people. Much of this increase in food production has happened at the expense of nature, wth consequences for biodiversity decline, nutrient loss, soil loss and pollution. The intensification of agriculture has disconnected food production from nature as nutrient limitations in the sols are supplemented by fertilisers, while weeds, pests and diseases are controlled by medication and a range of chemicals and water shortages are overcome by irrigation and dams.

Item ID: 47509
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-85939-5
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 23:03
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829899 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production not elsewhere classified @ 25%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8398 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production > 839899 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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