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Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems

5-volume set

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Second Edition addresses important issues by examining topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding the challenges we face. Questions it addresses include:

  • Will we be able to produce enough food to meet the increasing dietary needs and wants of the additional two billion people expected to inhabit our planet by 2050?
  • Will we be able to meet the need for so much more food while simultaneously reducing adverse environmental effects of today’s agriculture practices?
  • Will we be able to produce the additional food using less land and water than we use now?

These are among the most important challenges that face our planet in the coming decades. The broad themes of food systems and people, agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems are covered in more than 200 separate chapters of this work. The book provides information that serves as the foundation for discussion of the food and environment challenges of the world. An international group of highly respected authors addresses these issues from a global perspective and provides the background, references, and linkages for further exploration of each of topics of this comprehensive work.

The core market is academic institutions, particularly those teaching agricultural science, plant science, ecology, environmental science, genetics, molecular biology and soil science. It will also appeal to government officials and think tanks in the areas of agricultural and environmental policy, ecology and sustainability.

Hardbound, 464 Pages

Published: August 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-444-52512-3


  • "...an excellent resource for all libraries supporting programs in agricultural sciences, food sciences, environmental science, genetics, soil sciences, and sustainability…Summing up: Highly Recommended"--CHOICE Reviews Online, February 2015


  • 1. Climate change: agriculture vulnerability, economics, adaptation

    2. Climate change: agricultural mitigation

    3. Climate change: cropping system changes and adaptions

    4. Climate change: pest and disease

    5. Climate change: new breeding pressures and goals

    6. Climate change: animal systems

    9. Mathematical Models to Elaborate Plans for Adaptation of Rural Communities to Climate Change

    11. Environmental service issues: markets

    13. Biodiversity: Ecosystem services in agroecosystems

    16. Biodiversity: Genebanks

    19. Biodiversity: Conserving biodiversity in agroecosystems

    20. Pollination

    21. Agroforestry: Practices and Systems

    22. Agroforestry: Fertilizer trees

    23. Agroforestry: Fodder trees

    25. Agroforestry: Participatory tree domestication

    26. Agroforestry: Public private partnerships

    28. Agroforestry: Hydrological impacts

    29. Eco-agriculture

    30. Agroforestry: Complex multi-strata agriculture

    31. Multi-functional agriculture

    32. Green movement and agriculture

    240. Climate change: horticulture

    241. Climate change: water and irrigation

    242. Pesticide risk reduction

    243. Ecological infrastructure, natural capital and ecosystem services

    247. Agroforestry: Conservation trees and erosion prevention

    33. Food Security Topics

    35. Food security: post-harvest losses

    36. Food security: biosecurity

    37. Food security: yield gap

    39. Food security: development strategies

    43. Regulatory conventions and institutions that govern global trade

    41. Institutions: International and Regional Institutions and Instruments for Agricultural Policy, Research and Development

    45. Agricultural research, levels, trends and returns

    46. Agricultural research: Institutions

    47. Food safety: traceability/tracking

    48. Food safety: food-borne diseases

    49. Food safety: emerging pathogens

    50. Food safety: shelf-life extension technologies (thermal/non-thermal)

    51. Food safety: street food

    52. Food safety: food analysis technologies/techniques

    53. Food Law

    213. Biotechnology: Global Adoption

    57. Food processing: energy and greenhouse gases emissions

    58. Food chemistry

    59. Food microbiology

    60. Food engineering

    61. Food labeling

    62. Consumer choices: drivers of food development

    63. Food Packaging

    64. Food toxicology

    65. Sensory science

    66. Human nutrition: Malnutrition and diet

    67. Human Nutrition: Elucidating bioactivity and health properties of recently discovered food components: glycolipids, oligosaccharides, peptides

    71. Human nutrition: mineral and vitamin deficiencies, secondary metabolites

    77. Land use: management as water sheds

    79. Land use: agriculture and urbanization challenges

    80. Land use: rehabilitation and restoration

    81. Land use: new lands for agriculture

    82. Land use: management for biodiversity and conservation

    83. Water use: water supply conflicts and challenges for the future

    84. Water use: recycling and desalinization for agriculture

    85. Water: water quality challenges from agriculture

    86. Water: footprint of food production and processing

    87. Water: advanced irrigation technologies

    88. Air: green house gases from agriculture

    89. Air: dust pollution from agriculture

    90. Air: confined animal facilities and air qualilty issues

    91. Soil: conservation practices

    92. Soil: introduction to soil science

    93. Soil: carbon sequestration

    94. Soil: nutrient cycling

    95. Soil: biology

    97. Soil: green house gas emissions

    256. Soil solarization

    98. Social Justice: economic viability of smallholder agriculture

    99. Social Justice: preservation of cultures in traditional agriculture

    100. Agricultural labor: demand for labor

    101. Agricultural labor: supply of labor

    102. Agricultural labor: labor market operation

    103. Agricultural labor: gender issues

    105. Zoonoses

    106. Agriculture and intellectual property rights

    107. Capacity building in agricultural development

    109. Finance and credit

    111. Farm management

    112. International trade

    113. Economics: markets and prices

    114. Food marketing

    115. Economics: insurance and risk management

    116. Structure and organization of agriculture

    117. Agribusiness organization and management

    118. Global supply chains

    119. Agricultural and food policy - US

    120. Agricultural policy - international

    121. Economics: production

    122. Economics: natural and renewable resources

    123. Agricultural and rural development -international

    124. Regional and community development - US

    125. Agricultural cooperatives

    126. Computer modeling: firm level decision-making

    127. Computer modeling: policy analysis and simulation

    128 Ethics and social justice

    208. Green Revolution

    249. Soil: Soil fertility and plant nutrition

    130. Beef cattle

    131. Dairy animals

    133. Aquaculture in Asia

    134. Swine

    135. Horses

    141. Fiber crops

    142. Forage crops

    143. Legumes

    144. Tree crops

    145. Fruit and nuts

    146. Vegetables

    147. New and underutilized crops

    149. Biofuels

    150. Sugar crops

    151. Root and tuber crops

    152. Medicinal crops

    153. Spices and aromatics

    154. Fermented Beverages

    155. Fermentation: Food products

    156. Industrial feedstocks

    157. Terroir

    158. Organic agricultural production: Animal

    159. Organic agricultural production: Plants

    160. Small ruminants and small-holder integrated production systems

    161. Urban and Peri Urban agriculture

    162. Food chain: Farm to Market

    163. Food chain: Post harvest handling

    165. Plant biotic stress: Diseases

    166. Plant biotic stress: Insects

    167. Plant biotic stress: Parasitic plants

    168. Plant biotic stress: Nematodes

    169. Plant biotic stress: Weeds

    170. Plant abiotic stress: Water

    171. Plant abiotic stress: Salt

    172. Plant abiotic stress: Temperature extremes

    173. Plant health management: Pathogen-tested Planting Material

    174. Plant health management: Quarantine and Biosecurity

    175. Plant health management: Fruit Tree IPM

    176. Plant health management: Biological Control of Insects

    177. Plant health management: Biological control of plant pathogens

    178. Plant health managament: Insecticides

    179. Plant health management: Fungicides and anti-biotics

    180. Plant health management: Crop Protection with Nematicides

    181. Plant health management: Herbicides

    182. Plant health management: Pathogen supressive soils

    183. Poultry and avian diseases

    184. Animal health: diseases of Large and small ruminants

    187. Animal health: Antibiotic global issues

    189. Animal health: Vaccinations

    191. Animal health: Parasites (endo)

    192. Animal health: Parasites (exo)

    193. Animal health: Mareks disease and other viruses

    194. Animal health: Tuberculosis

    195. Animal health: Foot and mouth disease

    197. Animal health: Mastitis and MRSA

    198. Animal health: enteric

    200. Animal health: mycotoxins

    201. Emerging and re-emerging diseases of animals

    202. Invasive species: Plants

    203. Invasive species: Aquatic animals

    204. Animal welfare: stress / global issues and perspectives

    207. Herd/flock disease management

    209. Emerging plant diseases

    216. Emerging diseases in South East Asia

    250. Plant health management: Soil Fumigation

    251. Plant health management: Mineral Nutrition and Suppression of Plant Disease

    210. Genomics: Tools and resources (bioinformatics)

    211. Genomics: Plant genetic improvement

    212. Genomics: Animals

    56. Food safety: GMOs

    214. Biotechnology: Food composition engineering

    215. Biotechnology: Pharming

    217. Biotechnology: BT

    218. Biotechnology: Herbicide resistances

    219. Plant Virus Control by Gene Silencing

    220. Advances in Animal Biotechnology

    221. Transgenic methodologies

    222. Cloning Animals by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transplantation

    223. Cloning: Plants - macro-propagation

    224. Cloning: Plants - Micro-propagation / tissue culture

    225. Breeding: Plants, Traditional

    226. Breeding: Plants, Modern

    227. Breeding: Plants, Heterosis

    228. Breeding: Animals

    229. Biotechnology: Regulatory issues

    230. Domestication: Animals

    231. Domestication: Plants

    232. Agriculture: History

    233. Computer Modeling: Applications to agriculture

    234. Weather forecasting applications in agriculture

    235. Precision agriculture

    236. Mechanizaton of agriculture

    239. Stem cell technology

    246. Computer Modelling: Applications to the Environment and Food Security

    248. Biotechnology: Plant protection

    252. Agbiotechnology: costs/benefits of GMOs, the case of papaya

    253. Rural Sociology

    254. Agricultural Law


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