Agroecology is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design, development, and management of sustainable agricultural systems. The Ecology of Agroecosystems highlights a collection of alternative agricultural methodologies and philosophies and provides an interdisciplinary approach that bridges the sociopolitical and historical context of agriculture. It includes the technical issues in a serious and ecological fashion and captures the complex merging of ecology, agriculture, politics and economics in both a historical and contemporary context. Readers will learn not only about the ethical and moral elements related to producing food of questionable quality while possibly impairing the environment, but also about the soil chemistry involved.
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Provides an interdisciplinary approach and includes material from anthropology, economics, sociology, chemistry, geography, as well as the core ideas from ecology.
Contemplates a more ecological and sustainable agricultural approach to food production while discussing the fundamental natural laws of ecosystems.
Appendices cover completion theory (the mathematical basis of ecology); basic inorganic chemistry; basic predator/prey theory; and international political ecology.
The Ecology of Agroecosystems is written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students within ecology, agriculture, agronomy, anthropology, and crop biotechnology.
John H. Vandermeer, PhD-University of Michigan, Ann Arbor