Global food security is dependent on ecologically viable production systems, but current agricultural practices are often
at odds with environmental sustainability. Resolving this disparity is a huge task, but there is much that can be learned
from traditional food production systems that persisted for thousands of years. Ecoagriculture for a Sustainable Food Future
describes the ecological history of food production systems in Australia, showing how Aboriginal food systems collapsed when
European farming methods were imposed on bushlands. The industrialised agricultural systems that are now prevalent across
the world require constant input of finite resources, and continue to cause destructive environmental change. This book explores
the damage that has arisen from farming systems unsuited to their environment, and presents compelling evidence that producing
food is an ecological process that needs to be rethought in order to ensure resilient food production into the future. Cultural
sensitivity warning Readers are warned that there may be words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive, and which
might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. This publication may also contain terms and annotations
that reflect the historical attitude of the author or the period in which the item was written and is considered inappropriate
Offers a relevant and topical look at the way current food production is negatively
impacting on our environment, and the lessons that can be learnt from the past.
Uses accessible language to introduce
key concepts including Social Ecological Systems, agroecosystems, resilience, sustainability and traditional ecological knowledge.
Provides examples of present and possible future adaptive pathways that would work within the constraints of nature
in Australia, and worldwide.