Energy in Agroecosystems: A Tool for Assessing Sustainability is the first book on energy analysis that is up-to-date and specifically dedicated to agriculture. It is written from an agroecological perspective and goes beyond the conventional analysis of the efficient use of energy. The book provide a methodological guide to assess energy efficiency and sustainability from an eco-energetic point of view.
Case studies from both Europe and America, which are representative of today’s most used scales of analysis (crop, farm, local or national) and the different farm management practices (traditional, industrialized, and contemporary organic), apply this methodology This book will be of primary interest to researchers, practitioners, and students working in the areas of agroecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental science, energy analysis, natural resources management, rural development and international development.
Table of Contents
The energetic metabolism of Human Societies
How to Measure Energy Efficiency in Agroecosystems
The Output Side: Calculating the Net primary Production (NPP) and its Components
The input side. Calculating the embodied energy of agricultural inputs
Eduardo Aguilera, Gloria I. Guzmán and Manuel González de Molina
Diachronic Analysis at Local Scale: Santa Fe, Spain
Diachronic Analysis at National Scale: The Spanish Agriculture, 1900-2008.
Gloria I. Guzmán, Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera
Energy Return on Investment in traditional and modern agricultures. Coffee agro-ecosystems in Costa Rica from an agro-ecological perspective (1935-2010)
Juan Infante-Amate, Wilson Picado and Gloria I. Guzmán
Organic Farming: Between The Relocation Of Energy Flows And Input Replacement
Gloria I. Guzmán and Marta Astier
Energy in Agro-Ecosystems: A Tool for the Sustainable Design of Extensive Livestock Farms
Gloria I. Guzmán, Eduardo Aguilera, Leticia Paludo Vargas and Romina Iodice
A few useful conclusions for the sustainable design of agro-ecosystems
Full Professor of Modern History. Coordinator of the Agro-Ecosystems History Laboratory (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain). Co-director of Master Degree Program on Agro-ecology at International University of Andalusia from 1996 to now.