Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems
Edited by Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
To Be Published June 24th 2013 by CRC Press – 568 pages
Series: Advances in Soil Science
Soil degradation from intensive conventional agriculture has degraded the finite soil base for food security. This volume describes the basic laws of soil management to enhance ecosystem conservation while restoring degraded soils and promoting sustainable use. Chapters cover human dimensions and soil degradation; soil as a nutrient bank; climate change and degradation; soil renewal and sustainability; soil resilience; nutrient cycling; and soils and society. The book contains two sections, the first covers the basic laws of managing soil, and the second describes technology involved in sustainable soil management.
BASIC LAWS. The Human Dimensions of Soil Degradation. Soil Stewardship and Human Desperateness. Soil as a Nutrient Bank. The Marginality Principle. Organic vs. Chemically Intensive Agriculture. Mining Soil Carbon by Extractive Farming. Soil as a Source or Sink of Atmospheric CO2. Elite Varieties vs. Soil Quality. Soil Management as Engine of Economic Development. Traditional Knowledge vs. Modern Technology. SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT. How Rather What is Grown. Climate Change and Soil Degradation. Rate of Soil Renewal and Sustainability. Soil Resilience. Political Governances and Soil Management. Technology Without Wisdom. Nutrient Cycling. Soil Quality and Green Revolution in China. Soil Management in Semi-Arid India. Soils and Society.