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1st Edition

Sustainable Development of Organic Agriculture
Historical Perspectives

Edited By

Kimberly Etingoff

ISBN 9781771884839
Published December 20, 2016 by Apple Academic Press
336 Pages 7 Color & 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

This important compilation presents an in-depth view spanning past values and practices, present understandings, and potential futures, and covering a range of concrete case studies on sustainable development of organic agriculture. The book explores the very different facets of organic and sustainable agriculture.

Part I of this book delves into the ways that people have approached organic agriculture in sociological, scientific, and economic terms. Part II looks ahead to the future of organic agriculture, presenting opportunities for further progress. Part III consists of an extensive bibliography chronologically developing the progress of organic and sustainable agriculture over two thousand years.

The book

  • Studies the cultural dimension of organic consumption

  • Presents how sustainable agriculture can reduce and mitigate the impact of climate change on crop production

  • Looks at the impact of agriculture on both famine and rural poverty in an ecofriendly and socially inclusive manner

  • Examines six of the oldest grain-crop-based organic comparison experiments in the US, looking at the environmental and economic outcomes from organic agroecosystems, to both producers and policymakers

  • Reviews the role of experimentation and innovation in developing sustainable organic agriculture

  • Looks at the challenges of organic farmers

  • Discusses ways to ensure sustainability and resilience of farming

  • Looks at ways to change the mindset of farmers especially in traditional farming communities

  • Explores the development of organic and sustainable agriculture through more than 500 years, ending with the early twenty-first century.

Altogether, the chapters provide a nuanced look at the development of organic and sustainable agriculture, with the conclusion that organic is not enough to be sustainable.

Table of Contents

The Organic Food Philosophy: A Qualitative Exploration of the Practices, Values, and Beliefs of Dutch Organic Consumers Within a Cultural–Historical Frame

Hanna Schosler, Joop de Boer, and Jan J. Boersema

Organic Farming: The Arrival and Uptake of the Dissident Agriculture Meme in Australia

John Paul

Overview of the Global Spread of Conservation Agriculture

Theodor Friedrich, Rolf Derpsch, and Amir Kassam

The Transition from Green to Evergreen Revolution

M.S. Swaminathan and P.C. Kesavan

A Review of Long-Term Organic Comparison Trials in the U.S.

Kathleen Delate, Cynthia Cambardella, Craig Chase, and Robert Turnbull

Keeping the Actors in the Organic System Learning: The Role of Organic Farmers’ Experiments

Christian R. Vogl, Susanne Kummer, Friedrich Leitgeb, Christoph Schunko, and Magdalena Aigner

Supporting Innovation in Organic Agriculture: A European Perspective Using Experience from the SOLID Project

Susanne Padel, Mette Vaarst, and Konstantinos Zaralis

Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture in Malaysia: Organic Farmers’ Challenges Towards Adoption

Neda Tiraieyari, Azimi Hamzah, and Bahaman Abu Samah

Are Organic Standards Sufficient to Ensure Sustainable Agriculture? Lessons From New Zealand’s ARGOS and Sustainability Dashboard Projects

Charles Merfield, Henrik Moller, Jon Manhire, Chris Rosin, Solis Norton, Peter Carey, Lesley Hunt, John Reid, John Fairweather, Jayson Benge, Isabelle Le Quellec, Hugh Campbell, David Lucock, Caroline Saunders, Catriona MacLeod, Andrew Barber, and Alaric McCarthy

An Ecologically Sustainable Approach to Agricultural Production Intensification: Global Perspectives and Developments

Amir Kassam and Theodor Friedrich

Tracing the Evolution of Organic/Sustainable Agriculture: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography

Mary V. Gold and Jane Potter Gates

Twenty-First-Century Organic and Sustainable Farming: A Brief Annotated Bibliography

Kim Etingoff

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Kim Etingoff has a Tufts University’s terminal master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Her recent experience includes researching with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City a report on food resiliency within the city of Boston. She worked in partnership with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Alternatives for Community and Environment to support a community food-planning process based in a Boston neighborhood, which was oriented toward creating a vehicle for community action around urban food issues, providing extensive background research to ground the resident-led planning process. She has worked in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, and has also coordinated and developed programs in urban agriculture and nutrition education. In addition, she has many years of experience researching, writing, and editing educational and academic books on environmental and food issues.