Environmental Impacts of Modern Agriculture

Environmental Impacts of Modern Agriculture

Hardback Issues in Environmental Science and Technology

Edited by R.M. Harrison, Edited by R. E. Hester, Contributions by Joe Morris, Contributions by Karl Ritz, Contributions by Mark G. Kibblewhite, Contributions by Ruben Sakrabani, Contributions by L.K. Deeks, Contributions by Joanna M. Cloy, Contributions by Bob Rees, Contributions by Peter Smith

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  • Publisher: Royal Society Of Chemistry
  • Format: Hardback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1849733856
  • ISBN 13: 9781849733854
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,280,110

Product description

Modern agriculture must seek to feed the world's growing population with little or no cost to the Environment. Modern agriculture is capable of producing greater yields than ever before, but intensification of agriculture does come at a price. This comprehensive volume examines the environmental impact made by agriculture in the 21st Century, looking forward to the future with the lessons of the past. Key chapters include impacts of agriculture upon soil quality, greenhouse gas budgets, water-borne pathogens, surface water chemistry, groundwater, agricultural pesticides and the environment, balancing the environmental consequences of agriculture with the needs for food security and positive and negative aspects of agricultural production of biofuels. A fundamental reference for advanced students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers working in the field or related areas.

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Author information

The series has been edited by Professors Hester and Harrison since it began in 1994. Professor Roy Harrison OBE is listed by ISI Thomson Scientific (on ISI Web of Knowledge) as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Environmental Science/Ecology category. He has an h-index of 54 (i.e. 54 of his papers have received 54 or more citations in the literature). In 2004 he was appointed OBE for services to environmental science in the New Year Honours List. He was profiled by the Journal of Environmental Monitoring (Vol 5, pp 39N-41N, 2003). Professor Harrison's research interests lie in the field of environment and human health. His main specialism is in air pollution, from emissions through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations to exposure and effects on human health. Much of this work is designed to inform the development of policy. Now an emeritus professor, Professor Ron Hester's current activities in chemistry are mainly as an editor and as an external examiner and assessor. He also retains appointments as external examiner and assessor / adviser on courses, individual promotions, and departmental / subject area evaluations both in the UK and abroad.

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Agriculture now accounts for 40% of land use across the globe. While agriculture is an unnatural activity within the environment, farmers are often considered custodians of the landscape and must strike a balance between the positive and negative environmental impacts of agriculture, while meeting the demands of feeding an ever-growing population. This volume of the Issues in Environmental Science and Technology series examines the factors currently affecting agriculture on a global scale. Land use, soil quality and the inherent production of greenhouse gasses by agriculture each receive their own chapters. Further chapters present an historical and contemporary perspective to the use of pesticides and how to achieve a balance between increased food production versus environmental impact. Agriculture now encompasses Biofuels, and the final chapter gives a balanced view on their production. With contributions from distinguished authors, this book be of immediate and lasting value, not only to practitioners in government, consultancy and industry, but also to environmentalists, policymakers and students taking courses in environmental science, agriculture, conservation and environmental management.

Table of contents

Land Use Implications of Modern Agriculture; Impacts of Agriculture upon Soil Quality; Impacts of Agriculture upon Greenhouse Gas Budgets; Impacts of Agriculture upon Water-borne Pathogens; Impacts of Agriculture upon Surface Water Chemistry; Impacts of Agriculture upon Groundwater; Agricultural Pesticides and the Environment; Balancing the Environmental Consequences of Agriculture with the Needs for Food Security; Positive and Negative Aspects of Agricultural Production of Biofuels; Index