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Crop Production - General
The sweeping intensification of agriculture – using an industrial model that grows annual crops in monoculture, using heavy inputs of fossil fuel, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides – has had dramatic impacts on the diversity, composition and functioning of natural ecosystems throughout the world.
Recommended resources on this topic:
Reports & Other Documents
Perennial Grains: Food Security for the Future
J.D. Glover and J.P. Reganold. Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2010.
Agriculture and Biodiversity Loss: Industrial Agriculture
C. Picone and D. Van Tassel. In: Life on Earth: An Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution; 2002.
Development, Productivity, and Sustainability of Crop Production
M.J. Chrispeels and D. Sadava. Chapter 3 in: Plants, Genes, and Crop Biotechnology; Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2002.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Global consequences of land use
J.A. Foley, et al. Science; July 22, 2005.
Farming and the fate of wild nature
R.E. Green, et al. Science, January 2005.
Agricultural sustainability and intensive production practices
D. Tilman, et al. Nature; March 27, 2003.
Agricultural Research Service (USDA)
National Program on Crop Production
Crop and Grassland Service (FAO)
The Land Institute
Additional Tools & Resources
USDA collection of resources and information about crop production
Database of crop production statistics from Food and Agriculture Organization.
Environmental Protection Agency
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