Food Production and Nature Conservation: Conflicts and Solutions


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Food Production and Nature Conservation: Conflicts and Solutions Editors: Iain J. Gordon, Herbert H. T. Prins, Geoff R. Squire Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Taylor & Francis Ltd Pages: 348 Illustrations and other contents: 24 Line drawings, black and white; 11 Tables, black and white; 35 Illustrations, black and white; 24 Line drawings, black and white; 11 Tables, black and white; 35 Illustrations, black and white Language: English ISBN: 9781138859371 Categories: ,

Feeding the world’s growing human population is increasingly challenging, especially as more people adopt a western diet and lifestyle. Doing so without causing damage to nature poses an even greater challenge. This book argues that in order to create a sustainable food supply whilst conserving nature, agriculture and nature must be reconnected and approached together. The authors demonstrate that while the links between nature and food production have, to some extent, already been recognized, until now the focus has been to protect one from the impacts of the other. Instead, it is argued that nature and agriculture can, and should, work together and ultimately benefit from one another. Chapters describe efforts to protect nature through globally connected protected area systems and illustrate how farming methods are being shaped to protect nature within agricultural systems. The authors also point to many ways in which nature benefits agriculture through the ecosystem services it provides. Overall, the book shows that nature conservation and food production must be considered as equally important components of future solutions to meet the global demand for food in a manner that is sustainable for both the human population and the planet as a whole.

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"This multi-author work aims to look across disciplines at the way food production, which for the most part in this book means farming, can be "reconnected to nature"... Many of the indidual chapters of this book are interestinig, informative and at times thought-provoking." - John Hopkins in The Bulletin of the British Ecological Society (March 2018).

Author Biography

Iain J. Gordon is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University, Australia, and Emeritus Fellow of the James Hutton Institute, UK. Herbert H. T. Prins is Professor in Resource Ecology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Geoff R. Squire is Principal Research Scientist at the James Hutton Institute, UK.