Agroecological Economics

1st Edition

Sustainability and Biodiversity

Authors: Paul Wojtkowski
Paperback ISBN: 9780123741172
eBook ISBN: 9780080557823
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th December 2007
Page Count: 320
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Agroecology is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design, development, and management of sustainable agricultural systems. Agroecological economics, a subsection of agricultural economics, evaluates the ecological consequences of agricultural methods on the economic scale. Agroecological economics considers green engineering as a means of measurement.

As the environmental movement unfolds, the importance of biodiversity and long-term sustainability are indisputable. Progress depends on determining the economic viability of terrestrial agroecosystems. What is lacking is the analysis needed to bring biodiverse and sustainable systems to fruition. Agroecological Economics analyzes the current topics that must be addressed in order to provide sustainable agricultural systems. It explains the economics of land-use ecology with emphasis on changing over from a conventional model of agriculture to environmentally- and ecologically-friendly models and the financial incentives that are important to these practices.

Key Features

  • Analyzes agricultural solutions with economic testing
  • Includes a complete analysis of recent biodiversity-based research with valuable new economic methodologies
  • Provides various applications to mitigate the problems which have economic and ecological effects on agroecosystems
  • Offers applications of ecologically-sound land-use practices in production and manufacturing


agricultural and environmental engineers; ecologists; economists; agribusiness professionals; nature organizations; academics

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Introduction Ecology and agroecology Traditional subdivisions Agroecological directions The philosophical dilemma Economic directions The economic options Measurement Intangibles Intuitiveness

Chapter 2 ? Lead-up Agrobiomonics Essential resources The limiting resource Nutrient profiles Agroecological niches Governance Plant-plant Ecosystem Analytical ratios Output Costs Risk

Chapter 3 - Vector Theory Vectors The base Agroecological vectors Genetic improvement Varietal Microbial Agrobiodiversity Biodiversity (facilitative associations) Rotational Cross or inter-plot Location Physical land modifications Ex-farm inputs Environmental setting Allying vectors Design Design variables Agrotechnologies Principal mode Auxiliary Add-ons Objectives Optimization

Chapter 4 - Agrobiodiversity Applications Underlying biodynamics Yield gains Interception Conversion Cost reductions Risk abatement Climate Insect and plant diseases Relevant guidelines Economic measures Revenue-enhanced LER Production possibilities curve<BR id="


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About the Author

Paul Wojtkowski

As a leading proponent and analyst, Dr. Paul Wojtkowski continues to layout a vision of what agroecology could be; both as an academic discipline and in how agriculture is practiced. His six previous books have affirmed the underlying motives, theories, and concepts. They have also proposed a large tally of quintessentially nature-friendly, farming practices. Although these efforts are deep in outlook, e.g., encompassing agriculture, forestry, and agroforestry, and broad in geographic scope, more insight is needed. Having observed agriculture in six continents and over 70 countries, Dr. Wojtkowski has seen what works and what doesn't. As a trained economist with advanced degrees in both agricultural and forest economics, he is able to take the next step; that of presenting agroecology as a fully-fledged science complete with its own economic underpinnings.