'Jules Pretty brings together the most comprehensive and carefully
selected collection of writings available about sustainable
agriculture. Together with an excellent overview chapter, the
collected works provide the best available source for an
enlightened analysis and debate about sustainability in
agriculture. The four volumes will serve both as an excellent
reader for students and a unique reference for all with an interest
in the pursuit of sustainabiity in the food system' Professor Per
Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University, former Chair of CGIAR
Science Council and World Food Prize Laureate, 2001 'This is the
single most comprehensive overview of sustainable agriculture, from
ancient beginnings to the most topical modern issues. Jules Pretty
has assembled a marvellous collection of the most seminal papers
that are driving sustainable agriculture in all parts of the
world.' Jeffrey A. McNeely, Chief Scientist, IUCN-The World
Conservation Union 'Showing that, after all, humans can learn from
experience, Jules Pretty has woven together the best of the old
with the best of what is new and visionary. He gives us a solid,
knowledge-based foundation for a badly needed new paradigm - that
of an agriculture which sustains all life into the longer term. The
impressive list of contributors ensures that all relevant areas
have been competently assessed... A unique reference work for
teachers, students and practitioners.' Hans R. Herren, World Food
Prize Laureate, 1995 'An ambitious and deeply insightful series
that unites the great minds not just of the agricultural, nutrition
and environmental sciences, but also history, culture, economics,
technology, learning and communications, policy, regulatory and
institutional approaches. It will be a major reference work for all
interested in the future of humanity and sustainable food and
agricultural systems.' Parviz Koohafkan, Director, Environment,
Climate Change and Bioenergy Division, FAO, Italy 'This work
presents a body of knowledge that has come of age. It takes into
account not only the science but also human behaviour, institutions
and politics. It will be an invaluable support for practices that
are rapidly gaining significance.' Professor Neils R ling, formerly
of Wageningen University, The Netherlands This 4-volume set, edited
by the world's leading expert on agricultural sustainability,
brings together and interprets the most influential, important and
time-tested international scholarship across the fields of
agriculture and food production with a set overview and individual
volume introductions that make sense of this diverse and complex
field. Volume I covers the history of agriculture from its ancient
origins through successive technological and institutional
revolutions to the present. Volume II examines the relationship
between agriculture and the environment including agricultural
contamination, greenhouse gases and climate change, environmental
improvements and sustainability, integrated farming,
eco-agriculture and agro-ecology, landscape restoration and
environmental goods and services. Volume III provides full coverage
of the modern industrialized global food system, corporate control,
poverty, hunger and international successes, failures and
challenges, diet and health, consumer behaviour and local
alternatives to industrialization. Volume IV addresses how we think
about land and our relationship to it, governance and stewardship
of the rural commons, systems thinking, ecological literacy, social
connections and a sustainable rural life, supportive and perverse
agricultural subsidies and policies that shape food poverty and
sustain agriculture into the future."
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