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Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, Second Edition: Ecological Processes in Sustainable Agriculture Hardcover – 15 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (15 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849328454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849328459
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author has had extensive international experience in tropical and temperate agriculture, and numerous farming systems. This experience has provided him with a wealth of material that has found its way into this book. The author clearly is an authority in the field of agro-ecology and teaches on the subject. … agronomists and biologists, as well as general scholars and people interested by sustainability as an attitude or life style will learn about how to put principles into (cropping and whole
food chain) practice. All in all: a good read!
―Patrick Van Damme, University of Gent, Belgium, in Economic Botany

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Coetzee on 23 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Prof Gliessman has a real and deep understanding of the subject. He display the ability to convey complicated concepts in a simple, easy to understand language. It is as if one can hear him talking - talking with a passion for his belovered subject. A book to recommend to anyone interested in the subject of sustainable agriculture, healthy food production, nature conservation or simply the future of our planet. The book is a everyday reference book on my desk (I'm a agricultural advisor)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Francisco J. Rosado-May - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend the Book Agroecology by Steve Gliessman. It reflects indepth knowledge of agricultural issues of today food production systems. Those of us interested in challenging thoughts and ideas to achieve sustainability must look at the contributions of this book. Some chapters demand basic knowledge of Ecology while other chapters demand higher level of ecology and Biology. The book provides examples from different parts of the world (tropical and temperate zones) so that it should be very useful to agronomists, and agroecologists from countries other than the US. As an agroecologist I highly recommend this book. I find it very useful to teach Agroecology and Ecology, in both agricultural schools and Biology students.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting organization of concepts, great text 5 Jun. 2013
By swizzler - Published on
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This text elucidates the fundamental science behind sustainable agricultural systems. The author is a clear, deliberate writer who is passionate about the place of agriculture in a world facing myriad environmental and human challenges. His arguments are solid and bases them on good science. This will give you a good base to speak up to more conventional agriculturalists and gives examples of successful, sustainable management practices. I'm not crazy about the flow of the chapters, which are broken down in an almost elementary way ("The Plant", "Light", "The Soil", "Temperature"). On one hand this is a good, simplified way to approach these biophysical components of agriculture, but on the other it feels very basic. He eventually gets around to delving deeper and drawing important systems-level connections between these components, but I would argue this is a pretty simple text for those first approaching agroecosystems or sustainable agriculture.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
EASY TO READ: and 21 May 2007
By Luke - Published on
Format: Hardcover
so most text books are really dificult to fallow. NOT THIS ONE. it's easy to read the chapters, at about 10 pages of easy to to read print with a high degree of readability. This book is about CONCEPTS. it's just that simple not real indepth. i think the first comment should drop out of college because if he can't read this book, he just wont make it in the real world.

This book is taking concepts about our enviroment and using them in our agricultural production. however he spends alot of time talking about mexico, which has some huge enviromental hinderances. This book isn't indepth, not technical it's just an "idealistic" way of production.

The class i had the book in was about the ecology of agriculture with an emphasis on recognizing sustanible systems.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good for beginners but that's about it. 10 Aug. 2014
By Jess L - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who has taken even a few classes of biology and soil science, this book is a little redundant. There are some really great informative sections, but when it gets into how to protect the environment in the future it becomes highly sensational. The books loses focus after awhile. A bonus is that it is easy to read and it is organized so everything is easy to find.
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Required text... might be the best of the options but... 18 Jun. 2014
By Diana - Published on
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The program director told me this was the best book on Agroecology currently available, but it has some serious issues in my opinion. I could not wait to sell this book back at the end of the quarter.

I felt the text bounced from being a 100 level course book to being a 400 level course book within the same chapter. I believe Mr. Gliessman knows the material, but his editors and publishers did not. The book needed to be more throughly refined and there are some, if not errors, definite places where clarification should be. For instance in one chapter they talk about 40t, but never define what unit of measurement the 't' is. I might be incorrect about the number in front of the t, since I do not have the book to reference. He was writing about topsoil generation and erosion loss. The 't' I finally determined must be tons, but since it was never actually defined they could have been talking about teaspoons. For a text, that later gets very in-depth into the different types of photosynthesis functions, that is an inexcusable error. Either you're a scientific text or you are not, an abbreviation should always be defined.

I don't know if it was the way the text was used in my course or the text itself, but I did not get anything in particular out of this book, other than the fact there is room for an AMAZING agrocecology textbook if someone is inclined to write one!
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