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Sustainable agriculture

Marsden, Terry Keith ORCID: 2009. Sustainable agriculture. Kitchin, Rob and Thrift, Nigel, eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier, pp. 70-78. (10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00915-9)

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This article attempts both to define the different vectors and fields of sustainable agriculture both within a developed and developing world context. After discussing some of the foundation ideas and the increasing interest in the concept in the fields of human geography and social sciences more generally, it then outlines some of its key principles and concepts. It goes on to focus on two major developments in the field: the development of agroecological and ecological modernization approaches; and then the more specific adoption of these approaches concerning the relatively recent sustainable rural development paradigm in Europe. A set of key parameters relating to sustainable agriculture are discussed and outlined. In conclusion, some key conceptual building blocks for sustainable rural development are outlined which begin to integrate agriculture into wider rural, and indeed urban development debates. Overall, sustainable agriculture is seen in abstract and in experiential terms as a contested process which infers a coordinated relationship between humans, organisms, and environment, which is adaptive to location, season, creating biophysical and ecological mutual benefits which give complementary status to the different components of the agricultural production system.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agroecology; Co-evolution; Definitions; Diversity; Ecological modernization; Endogeneity; Institutional frameworks; Interactions; Local knowledge; Oppositional concepts; Reconnections; Rural development paradigm
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080449104
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