Travelling Back to Sustainable Agriculture in a Bioeconomic World: The Case of Roxbury Farm CSA

John M. Polimeni
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, USA

Raluca-Ioana Iorgulescu
Institute for Economic Forecasting-NIER, Romanian Academy, ROMANIA and Resource Dimensions, USA

Richard Shirley
Siena College, Loudonville, USA

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003000

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In an increasingly interconnected and bioeconomic world, agriculture is one of the vital and extremely complex links; on one hand, it provides food for the world while, on the other hand, it brings considerable environmental degradation. The negative by-products of agriculture have come to the forefront in recent years. As a result, agricultural production has undergone considerable scrutiny resulting in strong consumer movements for sustainable agriculture. However, many countries cannot worry about the environmental aspects when they do not produce enough food to be secure because farmers cannot compete with the artificially low prices of food due to the subsidies from developed countries.

However, this trend is unlikely to continue as farm operations in developed countries must increase the amount of inputs, such as fertilizer, to maintain their levels of production. Furthermore, agricultural subsidies are likely to end due to the national debts of many countries. Therefore, it becomes more and more accepted that, for a sustainable agriculture, rural regions and developing countries will have to use local, traditional knowledge. This would support economic development and food security, especially since consumers are increasing demand for sustainably grown food.

(Imprint: Nova)

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Chapter 1 - The Trip Back to Sustainable Agriculture (pp. 1-16)

Chapter 2 - Sustainable Agriculture: Economic Growth and Food Security Tradeoff (pp. 17-44)

Chapter 3 - The Threat of Soil Erosion and Sustainable Agriculture (pp. 45-62)

Chapter 4 - Community Supported Agriculture: What Is It? (pp. 63-86)

Chapter 5 - History of Roxbury Farm CSA (pp. 87-102)

Chapter 6 - The Financial History of Roxbury Farm 2000 - Present (pp. 103-116)

Chapter 7 - Roxbury Farm CSA Annual Survey Results: 2003-2009 (pp. 117-138)

Chapter 8 - Concluding Comments (pp. 139-150)

Index

The book is written for anyone interested in the topic. While there is some technical economics in the book, we have attempted to write it in such a way that both technical and the lay person can understand
People interested in sustainable/organic food and the environment.
Students and faculty in environmental studies, environmental economics, ecological economics, agricultural studies, agricultural economics

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