SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY – BIOLOGY 301 – HUMAN IMPACTS ON ECOSYSTEMS, 2013

Copyright 1998, Patricia S. Muir

Notes on prospects and techniques for sustainable agriculture follow. To help you find what you are looking for within this topic, notes are organized according to the outline below. You can click on the topic that you wish to jump to. When you have finished with a section, just click on ">>" to move to the following section in the notes, on "<<" to move to the preceding section, or on the box labeled "CONTENTS" to move back to the master directory for this home page. (Click on "Navigation" for more information on how to move about within and among these documents.)

Click on study guide to use the study guide covering agricultural issues and for additional references on this topic. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade policy web site provides information on the link between food and agricultural issues in the US and globally (note that it is both a research and an advocacy organization!)

Topic Outline:

I. What is "sustainable agriculture?"

II. Trophic issues

III. Decreasing soil erosion

A. Conservation tillage

B. Conservation Reserve Program (and related programs)

IV. Maintaining soil fertility

V. Decreasing water use

VI..Decreasing pesticide use

A. Integrated Pest Management -- philosophy

B. Environmental controls

C. Biological controls

D. Reproductive controls

E. Genetic controls (including genetic engineering)

F. Chemical controls

To move to the next section of these notes (a discussion of what is meant by "sustainable agriculture"), click on ">>" at the bottom of this page. To move to the previous section, click "<<" at the bottom of the page, or click "CONTENTS" to return to the master Table of Contents for this BI 301 home page.

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