Food Production and Nature Conservation

Cover with six small tiled photographs on white background.

Paperback - February 2017 - AU $86.99

Shows that nature conservation and food production must be considered equally to sustainably meet the global demand for food.

Feeding the world's growing human population is increasingly challenging, especially as more people adopt a western diet and lifestyle. Doing so without causing damage to nature poses an even greater challenge. This book argues that in order to create a sustainable food supply whilst conserving nature, agriculture and nature must be reconnected and approached together. + Full description

The authors demonstrate that while the links between nature and food production have, to some extent, already been recognised, until now the focus has been to protect one from the impacts of the other. Instead, it is argued that nature and agriculture can, and should, work together and ultimately benefit from one another. Chapters describe efforts to protect nature through globally connected protected area systems and illustrate how farming methods are being shaped to protect nature within agricultural systems. The authors also point to many ways in which nature benefits agriculture through the ecosystem services it provides.

Overall, the book shows that nature conservation and food production must be considered as equally important components of future solutions to meet the global demand for food in a manner that is sustainable for both the human population and the planet as a whole.

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Paperback | February 2017 | $ 86.99
ISBN: 9781138859395 | 348 pages
Publisher: Earthscan from Routledge


Part 1: Food is Disconnected from Nature
1. Introduction – Food Production and Nature Conservation: Conflicts and Solutions

Part 2: The Future Challenge for Food Security and Nature Conservation
2. Feeding the Eleven Billion within the Sustainable Development Goals Framework
3: Limits to Crop Production

Part 3: Approaches to Protecting Nature and Producing More Food
4. Can a Nature Reserve Help Feed a Family? Protected Areas and Food Security
5. Protected Areas, Ecosystem Services, and Food Production
6. Agricultural Intensification and Diversity for Reconciling Production and Environment: The Role of Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems
7: A Landscape Approach to Integrating Food Production and Conservation

Part 4: A New Agenda for Food Production and Conservation
8: New Technologies: Costs and Benefits for Food Production in Contrasting Agro-ecological Production Systems
9: Utilising Genetic Diversity to Feed the World
10. How Should Land Be Used? Bioenergy and Responsible Innovation in Agricultural Systems
11. Innovative Pasture Cropping: An Ecological Approach to Farming
12. Nature’s Role in Feeding the Ten Billion: How Biodiversity can Benefit Agriculture

Part 5: A Future Framework for Linking Food Production and Conservation
13 Rebalancing Food Production and Nature Conservation: The Need for Design-oriented Research
14. Markets to Support Sustainable Food Production: Potentials and Challenges of Alternative Provisioning
15. Global-Local Governance for Generating Transformative Pathways towards Sustainable Food Provisioning and Nature Conservation

Part 6: Food Production and Nature Conservation
16: Conclusion: Re-engaging Agriculture with Nature


Iain Gordon is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University, Australia, and Emeritus Fellow of the James Hutton Institute, UK.

Herbert Prins is Professor in Resource Ecology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Geoff Squire is Principal Research Scientist at the James Hutton Institute, UK.