This concise text offers an overview of the key issues in sustainable food production for all readers interested in the ecology and environmental impact of agriculture. It details the ecological foundations of farming and food systems, showing how to create sustainable alternatives to the industrial production methods used today.
Shahid Naeem is chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University and director of the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability.
Suzanne Lipton was assistant director of the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Tiff van Huysen has a PhD in ecosystem ecology and previously worked for the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability.
Mark Rasmussen, Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University:
Sustainable Food Production brings a broad subject area with many terms and concepts together in a coherent framework. Naeem, Lipton, and van Huysen provide a big picture view for students of sustainability and other readers interested in the environment, natural resources, agriculture, and human impacts.