Integrating Agriculture, Conservation and Ecotourism: Societal Influences
Agroecology not only encompasses aspects of ecology, but the ecology of sustainable food production systems, and related societal and cultural values. To provide effective communication regarding status and advances in this field, connections must be established with many disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, environmental sciences, ethics, agriculture, economics, ecology, rural development, sustainability, policy and education, or integrations of these general themes so as to provide integrated points of view that will help lead to a more sustainable construction of values than conventional economics alone. Such designs are inherently complex and dynamic, and go beyond the individual farm to include landscapes, communities, and biogeographic regions by emphasizing their unique agricultural and ecological values, and their biological, societal, and cultural components and processes.
Provides concise reviews of current important and complex issues in agroecologyAssesses the present status of knowledge of the issue with regard to effectively moving toward improving sustainabilityIdentifies inadequacies, errors, and gaps in knowledge that may hinder or oppose effective progress toward improving sustainabilityDiscusses what, if possible, is needed to bring the issue onto a better track toward sustainability objectives