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World Agriculture and the Environment: A Commodity-By-Commodity Guide to Impacts and Practices

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World Agriculture and the Environment presents a unique assessment of agricultural commodity production and the environmental problems it causes, along with prescriptions for increasing efficiency and reducing damage to natural systems. Drawing on his extensive travel and research in agricultural regions around the world, and employing statistics from a range of authoritative sources including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the author examines twenty of the world's major crops, including beef, coffee, corn, rice, rubber, shrimp, sorghum, tea, and tobacco. For each crop, he offers comparative information including: - a "fast facts" overview section that summarizes key data for the crop<BR>- main producing and consuming countries<BR>- main types of production<BR>- market trend information and market chain analyses<BR>- major environmental impacts<BR>- management strategies and best practices<BR>- key contacts and referencesWith maps of major commodity production areas worldwide, the book represents the first truly global portrait of agricultural production patterns and environmental impacts.<BR>

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Clay (World Wildlife Foundation-US) reviews the basics of soil and water and then details the production methods of 20 heavily traded goods, how those methods harm the environment, and what measures could be taken to reduce the damage. He does not aim to be comprehensive, and he does not suggest that all measures could be taken in all situations; but his discussion gives a starting place for more environmentally friendly production of coffee, tea, cocoa, orange juice, sugarcane soybeans, palm oil, bananas, cashews, cotton, wood pulp, rubber, tobacco, wheat, rice, corn, sorghum, cassava, beef, shrimp, and salmon.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Jason Clay is senior fellow and consultant to World Wildlife Fund-US based in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559633703
Author:
Clay Jason
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Clay, Jason W.
Author:
Clay, Jason
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Environmental aspects
Subject:
Industries - Agribusiness
Subject:
Agriculture - Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
TEC003070
Subject:
Agriculture -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Agriculture-Sustainable Living
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
GTR-550
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
570
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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