Campus Units

Entomology

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2009

Journal or Book Title

Integrated Pest Management: Concepts, Tactics, Strategies and Case Studies

First Page

260

Last Page

272

Abstract

A basic concept of sustainable agriculture includes using resources in a way that does not deplete or permanently damage systems used for plant and animal production. In early history, humans survived as hunter–gatherers and perhaps less than 1% of biomass could be used as food (Diamond, 1997). As a result, most resources in the environment were not likely to be used directly by humans. The limited availability of food also restricted population growth, helping to make the hunter–gatherer way of life sustainable. In contrast, domestication of crops and animals for food has greatly increased edible biomass, leading to dramatic population growth and the possibility that production of adequate food will lead to longterm damage to agricultural systems.

Comments

This chapter is published as Prasifka, J. R., Hellmich, R. L. & Weiss, M. J. Role of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture. In Integrated Pest Management, edited by E. B. Radcliffe, W. D. Hutchison & R. E. Cancelado. Cambridge University Press. 2009.

Rights

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Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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