Agriculture & Livestock

Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options (2006) by Steinfeld et al, aims to assess the full impact of the livestock sector on environmental problems, along with potential technical and policy approaches to mitigation.

World Agriculture and the Environment (2004), by Clay, presents a unique assessment of agricultural commodity production and the environmental problems it causes, along with prescriptions for increasing efficiency and reducing damage to natural systems.

The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems (2004), edited by Jackson and Jackson, is both hopeful and visionary, and guided by a commitment to healthy land and thriving communities. It is the first book to offer a viable approach to addressing the challenges of protecting and restoring biodiversity on private agricultural land.

Agroforestry and Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Landscapes (2004), edited by Schroth et al, is the first comprehensive synthesis of the role of agroforestry systems in conserving biodiversity in tropical landscapes, and contains in-depth review chapters of most agroforestry systems.

The Fatal Harvest Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture (2002), edited by Kimbrell, takes an unprecedented look at our current ecologically destructive agricultural system and offers a compelling vision for an organic and environmentally safer way of producing the food we eat.

The Next Green Revolution (2001), by Horne and McDermott, presents a convincing critique of our current agricultural system and an introduction to an alternative system which gives more consideration to future generations.

Environmental Policies for Agricultural Pollution Control (2001), edited by Shortle and Abler, describes the environmental problems associated with agriculture, particularly the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and the disposal of animal waste.

Conservation Agriculture: Case Studies in Latin America and Africa (2001), FAO, shows how conservation agriculture can increase crop production while reducing erosion and reversing soil fertility decline, improving rural livelihoods and restoring the environment in developing countries.

Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World (2000), by Tucker, is a rich history of the transformation of the tropics in modern times, pointing ultimately to the declining biodiversity that has resulted from the domestication of widely varied natural systems.

Pollution Prevention in Agricultural Livestock Production (1996), by Risse and Cheadle, describes common agricultural livestock production processes, waste disposal and utilization practices, and then identifies potential pollution prevention measures.

Farming in Nature’s Image: An Ecological Approach to Agriculture (1991), by Soule and Piper, provides, for the first time, a detailed look into the pioneering work of The Land Institute, the leading educational and research organization for sustainable agriculture.

Taking Stock: Animal Farming and the Environment (1991), edited by Durning and Brough, looks at the ecological impact of livestock production from a variety of perspectives.

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