Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife
A section of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
The global population is set to increase to over 10 billion by 2050 and, with economic development, the average wealth of individuals in developing nations is set to rise—this brings with it a set of challenges for agriculture and the food supply chain. To date, the increase in the supply of food to meet global demand has been one of the great success stories of applied research. However, this success has come at the expense of nature; biodiversity is declining at an accelerating pace, rivers, lakes and aquifers are polluted, soils are polluted or being eroded, forests are being converted to grow crops to supply food and energy and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture nearly equal those from transport. Things cannot continue as they are; future food security will need to focus on the sustainable supply of food, incorporating innovation in technology, supply chains and social science/economics. Nature can, and does, provide ecosystem services to agriculture and these services need to be incorporated into the management and conservation of biodiversity.
This section will offer findings that address the challenge of feeding the global population whilst protecting the planet. Manuscripts describing new research, new syntheses and new theories are welcome.
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Agroecology in the City: Applying Ecological Principles to Sustainable Urban Agriculture (Deadline: 16 April 2018)
- Carbon Input into Agricultural Soils (Deadline: 30 October 2017)
- Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Towards New Thinking and Action (Deadline: 30 October 2017)
- Governance for Climate Smart Agriculture (Deadline: 30 May 2018)
- Mapping Agroecology in Europe. New Developments and Applications (Deadline: 28 February 2018)
- Precision Agriculture Technologies for a Sustainable Future: Current Trends and Perspectives (Deadline: 30 September 2017)
- Reducing Agricultural and Food Waste: Implications for Biodiversity and the Environment (Deadline: 31 December 2017)
- Strategies, Advances and Challenges of Breeding Perennial Grain Crops (Deadline: 10 January 2018)
- Sustainable Agriculture: The State of the Great Debates (Deadline: 30 April 2018)
- Sustainable Food Innovation (Deadline: 30 April 2018)
- Sustainable Urban Agriculture (Deadline: 30 December 2018)
- The Opportunities and Roles of Experimentation in Addressing Climate Change (Deadline: 30 April 2018)