Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems
in the 21st Century is a top reference for college-level collections strong in sustainable agriculture.
Coordinator for the Biological Engineering program since 2001 and coordinator for the Agricultural Systems
Management program since 2006, Heinemann was honored with the Undergraduate Program Leadership Award for those efforts in 2008.
The worldwide food crisis is a direct result of the choices made by policymakers and the lack of attention paid to the agricultural system
and its relationship to global warming and fossil fuels, according to Samina Raja, assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.).
Organic farming is a term given to an agricultural system
that produces food in a natural way utilizing environmentally and socially sound means without reliance on insecticides, chemical fertilizers, hormones or any other genetically modified substances.
While the majority of the material they cover concerns American agricultural systems
, many of the lessons they contain are applicable to Canada and other nations that have embraced an industrial agricultural paradigm.
David Hitch operates Asheville Agricultural Systems
, an Organic and Indoor Gardening Center located in downtown Asheville.
But while traditional low input and organic agricultural systems
may be more wildlife-friendly, they are unlikely to be able to feed an expanding population.
'For many agriculturalists and ecologists the only hope of solving this problem is in developing new species-rich but yet productive agricultural systems
The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has published a new report that provides back ground information for folks who are considering selling their products through retail stores.
"They have declared majors in such fields as biology, horticulture, global health medicine, agricultural systems
technology, agronomy, wildlife, and forensic science," she says.
An otherwise excellent chapter on transgenic crops lacks sections on critical issues affecting acceptance and use of this technology such as resistance transference concerns, herbicide drift onto non-transgenic crops in increasingly diverse agricultural systems
that include both transgenic and non-transgenic crops, and control of herbicide-resistant crops as weeds.
The Centre, being launched this month, will deliver focused research and training opportunities in sustainable agricultural production, with particular emphasis on preserving biodiversity, developing novel agricultural systems
and increased focus on the quality and safety of food production.