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Making modern agriculture sustainable: FAM research network on agroecosystems.

J. Soils Sediments 3, 223-226 (2003)
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All forms of agriculture cause changes in the balances and fluxes of preexisting ecosystems, thereby limiting self-regulatory ecosystem (resiliency) functions. The intensive agriculture of the past, with its strong reduction of landscape structures and vast decoupling of energy and matter cycles, has caused stress and degradation of the production base; massive influence has also been exerted on neighboring compartments. This has resulted in the well known problems of pesticide loads, high phosphate loads to surface waters via over-fertilized soils or erosion as such. To overcome the economic, social and political inadequacies leading to ecological degradation, the demand for sustainable agricultural management needs to be transposed into knowledge-based practical instructions and political regulations on a regional scale. Thus, applied research for a sustainable and ecologically compatible land use aimed at sufficient food production is ever so important. In the FAM, thirty German research institutes have merged to perform research on this topic.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Agriculture; agroecosystems; ecological degradation; erosion; FAM Research Network on Agroecosystems; land use; FAM-Forschungsverbund Agrarsysteme München; over-fertilized soils; pesticide loads; phosphate loats; sustainable agricultural management
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1439-0108
e-ISSN 1614-7480
Quellenangaben Volume: 3, Issue: 4, Pages: 223-226 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Ecomed Medizin
Reviewing status Peer reviewed