Publisher description for Ecosystem approach to sustainable agriculture : energy use efficiency in the American South / Carl F. Jordon.


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Modern industrial agriculture is not sustainable because of its heavy reliance on petroleum, a non-renewable source of the energy used in farming, and because of pollution caused by petroleum products such as fertilizers and pesticides. A systems analysis of farming suggests that agriculture will be more sustainable when services of nature, such as nutrient recycling by soil micro-organisms and natural controls of insects, replace the services now provided by energy from petroleum. Examples are drawn from the Southeastern USA, but lessons learned can be applied worldwide.      
  


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Sustainable agriculture -- Southern States.
Agriculture and energy -- Southern States.
Agriculture and energy. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00801715
Sustainable agriculture. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01139712
Southern States. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01244550