Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century

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Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press


"This report of the National Research Council Committee on Twenty-First Century Systems Agriculture reviews the state of knowledge on farming practices, technologies, and management systems that have the potential to improve the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of agriculture, and it discusses the tradeoffs and risks that might occur if more farms were to adopt those practices, technologies, and systems. The report also identifies knowledge gaps and makes recommendations for future actions to improve agricultural sustainability...This report includes case studies of different kinds of farms and farming systems in different regions of the United States that actively pursue the goal of sustainability and revisits some farms originally featured in Alternative Agriculture." (Excerpts from Executive Summary and Preface)


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Biodiversity, Sustainable development, Water management, Local policy, Agriculture, Soil fertility, Vulnerability and risk, Food safety, Food security, Markets, Sustainable agriculture, Nutrient management, Organic farming, Natural resource management, Farming systems, Climate change, U.s. farming system, Case studies, Sub-Saharan Africa, Green revolution, United States, Alternative agriculture, National research council, Ecosystem Farm/Enterprise Scale Field Scale Governance Watershed