The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems With Ecosystems (Google eBook)

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Dana L. Jackson
Island Press, Apr 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Introduction Laura L Jackson and Dana L Jackson
1
PartI Agriculture as Ecological Sacrifice
11
Natures Backlash Brian A DeVore
27
The Farm the Nature Preserve and the Conservation
39
Restoring Nature on Farms
53
Reading the Land Together Wellington Buddy Huffaker
71
When Farmers Shut Off the Machinery Brian A DeVore
83
Stewards of the Wild Brian A DeVore
97
Restoring Prairie Processes to Farmlands
137
Sustaining Production with Biodiversity
155
Conservation and Agriculture as Neighbors
169
Integrating Wetland Habitat with Agriculture
189
Steps Toward Agroecological Restoration
205
Integrated Watershed Management
221
A Refined Taste in Natural Objects Beth E Waterhouse
235
Agriculture as a Public Good George M Boody
261

Why Do They Do It? Brian A DeVore
107
Ecosystem Management and Farmlands
119
About the Contributors
277
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