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The Farm as Natural Habitat : Reconnecting Food Systems With Ecosystems - Dana L. Jackson

The Farm as Natural Habitat

Reconnecting Food Systems With Ecosystems

By: Dana L. Jackson (Editor), Laura Jackson (Editor), Nina Leopold Bradley (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9781559638463
Number Of Pages: 312

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The Farm as Natural Habitat is a vital new contribution to the debate about agriculture and its impacts on the land. Arising from the conviction that the agricultural landscape as a whole could be restored to a healthy diversity, the book challenges the notion that the dominant agricultural landscape -- bereft of its original vegetation and wildlife and despoiled by chemical runoff -- is inevitable if we are to feed ourselves. Contributors bring together insights and practices from the fields of conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, and environmental restoration to link agriculture and biodiversity, farming and nature, in celebrating a unique alternative to conventional agriculture.Rejecting the idea that "ecological sacrifice zones" are a necessary part of feeding a hungry world, the book offers compelling examples of an alternative agriculture that can produce not only healthful food, but fully functioning ecosystems and abundant populations of native species. Contributors include Collin Bode, George Boody, Brian DeVore, Arthur (Tex) Hawkins, Buddy Huffaker, Rhonda Janke, Richard Jefferson, Nick Jordan, Cheryl Miller, Heather Robertson, Carol Shennan, Judith Soule, Beth Waterhouse, and others.The Farm as Natural Habitat is both hopeful and visionary, grounded in real examples, 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 and is essential reading for anyone concerned with issues of land or biodiversity conservation, farming and agriculture, ecological restoration, or the health of rural communities and landscapes.

..".a book that would make Aldo Leopold proud...a testimonial to Leopold's Land Ethic and those 21st-century farmers, rural landowners, and policy analysts who are applying its tenets of conservation, restoration, and right livelihood."--Dave Egan "editor of Ecological Restoration "

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Agriculture as Ecological Sacrificep. 11
The Farm as Natural Habitatp. 13
Nature's Backlashp. 27
The Farm, the Nature Preserve, and the Conservation Biologistp. 39
Restoring Nature on Farmsp. 53
Return to Coon Valleyp. 57
Reading the Land Togetherp. 71
When Farmers Shut Off the Machineryp. 83
Stewards of the Wildp. 97
Why Do They Do It?p. 107
Ecosystem Management and Farmlandsp. 119
Nature and Farming in Britainp. 123
Restoring Prairie Processes to Farmlandsp. 137
Sustaining Production with Biodiversityp. 155
Conservation and Agriculture as Neighborsp. 169
Integrating Wetland Habitat with Agriculturep. 189
Steps Toward Agroecological Restorationp. 205
Composing a Landscapep. 209
After the Deluge: Integrated Watershed Management in the Red River Valleyp. 221
A Refined Taste in Natural Objectsp. 235
Food and Biodiversityp. 247
Agriculture as a Public Goodp. 261
About the Contributorsp. 277
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9781559638463
ISBN-10: 155963846X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 4