NEW IN 1999

Workshop Proceedings:
A Life Cycle Approach to Sustainable Agriculture Indicators

This workshop, held in February 1999 at the University of Michigan, was attended by 60 midwest representatives of family farms, sustainable ag college programs, agri-business, state and national policymakers, and non-governmental agencies. Workshop participants discussed sustainable agriculture indicators within working groups (dairy, fruit, grain, and pork).

These proceedings include presenters' manuscripts and/or slides, summaries of the case study presentations and the panel discussion, and descriptions of the final indicators developed by the working groups. These indicators serve as an initial standard against which farms and ag institutions nationwide may evaluate their progress toward sustainability, both in theory and practice.
625K Acrobat file [Printed copy available for $10]

Sustainable Agriculture Compendium


Describes the contents of the compendium, mentions the many pollution problems caused by modern agricultural practices, and lists some sustainable farming methods.
16K Acrobat file [Printed copy available for $1]

Resource List

Organized by topic, it cites 240 books, papers, and articles; 23 videos; a database, two software packages, and several related websites. There is also contact information for 18 mentor faculty and 10 organizations that provide additional materials and assistance on sustainable agriculture education.
HTML-formatted file [Printed copy available for $2]

Annotated Bibliography of Sustainable Agriculture

Arranged alphabetically, this bibliography describes 30 relevant publications, all of which appear in the Resource List.
32K Acrobat file [Printed copy available for $1]

Farms and Greenbelts

Describes how and why there have been massive changes in U.S. land use since 1950 and suggests how wise planning can preserve our remaining fertile soil for food production.
40K Acrobat file [Printed copy available for $2]

Conservation of Fertilizers and Livestock Manure: Pollution Prevention

Refers to 38 recent articles while discussing how to manage fertilizers, compost, and livestock manures to conserve nutrients and prevent pollution.
39K Acrobat file [Printed copy available for $2]

Course Syllabi and Curricula

Features extensive syllabus by Cornell's David Pimentel listing specific content for 14 sustainable agriculture topics and citing suggested companion articles. Also includes brief outline of Alison Power's "Food, Agriculture, and Society" course taught at Cornell and a reprint of Miguel Altieri and Charles Francis' "Incorporating Agroecology Into the Conventional Agriculture Curriculum" article, which provides a strong rationale for agroecology courses, discusses methodology and perspectives, and suggests specific course components.
42K Acrobat file [Printed copy available for $11]

Selected Readings

A collection of key reprinted articles by Pimentel et al.

"Energy Efficiency of Farming Systems: Organic and Conventional Agriculture" (1983)

"Agroecosystem Biodiversity: Matching Production and Conservation Biology" (1992)

"Water Resources in Food and Energy Production" (1982)

"Benefits and Risks of Genetic Engineering in Agriculture"(1989)

"Environmental and Economic Effects of Reducing Pesticide Use" (1991)

"Environmental and Economic Costs of Pesticide Use " (1992)

"Renewable Energy: Economic and Environmental Issues" (1994)

"Environmental and Economic Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture"(1993)

"Environmental and Economic Costs of Soil Erosion and Conservation Benefits" (1995)

4,935K Acrobat file [Printed copy available for $13]

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