Food And Natural Resources

Food And Natural Resources

1st Edition - April 28, 1989

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  • Editor: David Pimentel
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Food and Natural Resources provides an understanding of the interdependency of food and natural resources that affect society. It is hoped that through these discussions a more complete understanding of these timely issues will emerge. This base of knowledge will help individuals and government leaders develop and implement the types of programs that will result in the effective use and management of land, water, energy, and biological resources for improved food production and a higher standard of living for everyone. The book begins by examining the intrinsic dynamics of natural ecosystems—especially the land, water, atmosphere, energy, and biological components. This is followed by chapters on the availability and interrelationships between population size, arable land, water, energy, and other biological resources; the loss of wild species of plants and animals; the availability of agricultural land for crops and livestock; and the impact of land degradation on food and other resources. Subsequent chapters discuss water use in agriculture; the mechanization of agriculture and food production; the principles and practices that can make agriculture environmentally and economically sound and sustainable; and the impact of population growth on the environment and food supply.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    1. Ecological Systems, Natural Resources, and Food Supplies

    I. Introduction

    II. The Structure and Functioning of Ecosystems

    III. Evolution of Living Systems

    IV. Biogeochemical Cycles

    V. Aquatic Ecosystems

    VI. Terrestrial Ecosystems

    VII. Human Food Gathered and Hunted from the Wild

    VIII. Agricultural Ecosystems

    IX. Resource Constraints in World Food Production

    X. Food Needs for Future Generations

    XI. Requirements for Solving Food Problems

    XII. Conclusion


    2. Interdependence Of Food And Natural Resources

    I. Introduction

    II. World Population Growth

    III. Energy Constraints

    IV. Arable Land—Quality and Quantity

    V. Water Constraints

    VI. Biological Diversity

    VII. Looking to the Future


    3. Loss of Biological Diversity and its Potential Impact on Agriculture and Food Production

    I. Introduction

    II. Species' Contributions to Modern Agriculture

    III. Extinction Processes

    IV. Conclusion


    4. Availability of Agricultural Land for Crop and Livestock Production

    I. The World Land Area and Its Utilization

    II. Food Production and Land

    III. Livestock Production and Land

    IV. Conclusion


    5. Land Degradation and its Impact on Food and other Resources

    I. Introduction

    II. Land Degradation

    III. Technological Options for Minimizing Soil Degradation

    IV. Land Degradation and World Food Production

    V. Need to Restore Productivity of Degraded Lands

    VI. Conclusions


    6. Water Use in Agriculture

    I. Introduction

    II. Global Perspective

    III. Water Sources and Systems

    IV. Water in Crop Production

    V. Water in Animal Production

    VI. Water in Food Processing

    VII. Water Quality

    VIII. Irrigation Systems


    7. Water Scarcity and Food Production in Africa

    I. Introduction

    II. Present Resource Crisis

    III. Water and Development

    IV. Water Availability Limits Increase of Carrying Capacity

    V. The Combined Picture

    VI. Conclusions


    8. Agricultural Chemicals: Food and Environment

    I. Introduction

    II. Use of Agricultural Chemicals

    III. Nitrogen in Agroecosystems

    IV. Pesticides

    V. Rational Use of Agricultural Chemicals


    9. Natural Gas as a Resource and Catalyst for Agroindustrial Development

    I. Background

    II. Monteagudo Agroindustrial Project

    III. Food Processing Plants

    IV. Energy Supply

    V. Alternatives for the Supply of Electricity and Steam

    VI. Water Supply

    VII. Gas Pipeline

    VIII. Transportation System

    IX. Impact of the Project

    X. Conclusions


    10. Mechanization and Food Availability

    I. Introduction

    II. Farming and Agriculture

    III. Mechanization, Tractorization, and Electrification

    IV. Summary


    11. Population, Food, and The Economy Of Nations

    I. Is Population Limited by Food?

    II. Is Food Driven by Population or by the Economy of Nations?

    III. Can the Worst Fears of Environmentalists be Substantiated?

    IV. Vision 2020


    12. Ecological Resource Management for a Productive, Sustainable Agriculture

    I. Introduction

    II. Principles for a Productive, Sustainable Agriculture

    III. Soil Nutrient and Water Resources

    IV. Pests and Their Control

    V. Importance of Biological Resources

    VI. Environmental and Economic Aspects of Ecological Agricultural Management

    VII. Conclusion



    13. Population Growth, Agrarian Structure, Food Production, and Food Distribution in the Third World

    I. Introduction

    II. The Malnutrition Debate

    III. Population Growth and Hunger

    IV. The Green Revolution and the Alleviation of Hunger: Contribution and Controversy

    V. Agrarian Structure, Food Production, and Hunger

    VI. Food Policy, Food Consumption, and Nutrition

    VII. Discussion

    Appendix: Data Sources and Operationalization of Variables for the Empirical Analysis of Food Access in Third World Countries


    14. Environment And Population: Crises And Policies

    I. Introduction

    II. Human Needs Worldwide

    III. Standard of Living and Population Growth

    IV. Population Growth

    V. Per Capita Use of Resources in the United States and China

    VI. State of the Environment in the United States and China

    VII. Policy Decisions Concerning Environmental and Population Problems

    VIII. National Population Policies in the United States and China

    IX. Conclusion


    15. Food Availability And Natural Resources

    I. Introduction

    II. Utilization of Resources

    III. Production of Food in the United States and the World

    IV. Summary


    16. Food as a Resource

    I. Introduction

    II. Patterns of Human Population Growth

    III. Food and Dietary Patterns

    IV. Major Nutritional Problems

    V. Trends in Food Production

    VI. Resources Used in Food Production

    VII. Planning Future Policy


    17. Population Growth And The Poverty Cycle In Africa: Colliding Ecological And Economic Processes?

    I. The African Paradox

    II. Population

    III. The Ecological Crisis

    IV. The Economic Decline

    V. Foreign Aid

    VI. The Poverty Cycle and the Way Ahead


    18. Food and Fuel Resources in a Poor Rural Area in China

    I. Introduction

    II. An Overview of Kazhou County

    III. The Agroecosystem: Food and Fuel Production and Consumption System

    IV. Energy Flows in the Kazhou Agroecosystem

    V. Assessment of the Kazhou Agroecosystem

    VI. Strategies for Improving Food and Household Fuel Supplies in Kazhou

    VII. Conclusions



Product details

  • No. of pages: 530
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1989
  • Published: April 28, 1989
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323146975

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