|Sustainable Agriculture: A more sustainable agriculture seeks to make the best use of nature's goods and services as functional inputs. It does this by integrating natural and regenerative processes, such as nutrient cycling, nitrogen fixation, soil regeneration and natural enemies of pests into food production processes. It minimises the use of non-renewable inputs that damage the environment or harm the health of farmers and consumers. It makes better use of the knowledge and skills of farmers. And it seeks to make productive use of social capital - people's capacities to work together to solve common management problems, such as pest, watershed, irrigation, and forest management. Press release - University of Essex|
Recommended reading: Shiva, V. (1993) "Monocultures of the Mind"