Special Issue "Renewable Agriculture"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2009)

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Guest Editor
Dr. Stephen S. Jones
Director, Northwestern Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273, USA
E-Mail: joness@wsu.edu
Phone: +1 (360) 416 5210

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Dear Colleagues,

For centuries the perceived need for an immediate and dramatic increase in agricultural production has been a theme throughout the developed world. But only very recently, and with less urgency, has society recognized the need for the true sustainability of agricultural production. For long-term sustainability, agriculture must have the capacity for renewal.

Even the most basic forms of agriculture require an input of energy, this in essence is what defines the system as agricultural. Starting with human and animal labor, energy inputs have developed into an industrial system using fertilizers, water, seed, pest control, and other products often brought in from off the farm. While these products may increase production, for the most part they are non-renewable, require vast amounts of fuel to produce and transport, are costly, and may harm the native organisms and environment. Additionally, most seed in industrial agriculture is non-renewable due to legal and genetic mechanisms that make it problematic for farmers to save and replant what they have grown on their farms.

Is a renewable agriculture with a high level of productivity possible? What research is underway to test the robustness of current systems when measured against a standard of true long-term sustainability?

Stephen S. Jones, Ph. D.
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • renewable agriculture
  • sustainable food systems
  • sutainability
  • input
  • off-farm
  • low-input
  • seed
  • animal-integrated

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Sustainability 2010, 2(10), 3158-3194; doi:10.3390/su2103158
Received: 24 August 2010; in revised form: 26 September 2010 / Accepted: 29 September 2010 / Published: 30 September 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(4), 1016-1034; doi:10.3390/su2041016
Received: 2 March 2010; in revised form: 29 March 2010 / Accepted: 12 April 2010 / Published: 14 April 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(3), 833-843; doi:10.3390/su2030833
Received: 1 February 2010; in revised form: 20 February 2010 / Accepted: 1 March 2010 / Published: 22 March 2010
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p. 742-756
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Sustainability 2010, 2(3), 742-756; doi:10.3390/su2030742
Received: 9 February 2010; in revised form: 4 March 2010 / Accepted: 10 March 2010 / Published: 12 March 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(3), 702-716; doi:10.3390/su2030702
Received: 28 December 2009; Accepted: 9 February 2010 / Published: 4 March 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(2), 660-683; doi:10.3390/su2020660
Received: 11 December 2009; Accepted: 5 February 2010 / Published: 24 February 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 232-251; doi:10.3390/su2010232
Received: 19 November 2009; Accepted: 6 January 2010 / Published: 12 January 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 189-203; doi:10.3390/su2010189
Received: 16 November 2009; Accepted: 5 January 2010 / Published: 11 January 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 163-188; doi:10.3390/su2010163
Received: 7 December 2009; Accepted: 5 January 2010 / Published: 8 January 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 73-91; doi:10.3390/su2010073
Received: 3 November 2009; Accepted: 24 December 2009 / Published: 29 December 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1366-1387; doi:10.3390/su1041366
Received: 29 October 2009; Accepted: 10 December 2009 / Published: 16 December 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1266-1287; doi:10.3390/su1041266
Received: 28 October 2009; Accepted: 4 December 2009 / Published: 8 December 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1042-1068; doi:10.3390/su1041042
Received: 9 September 2009; Accepted: 6 November 2009 / Published: 17 November 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 628-661; doi:10.3390/su1030628
Received: 9 August 2009; Accepted: 9 September 2009 / Published: 16 September 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 573-591; doi:10.3390/su1030573
Received: 17 July 2009; Accepted: 29 August 2009 / Published: 3 September 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 464-478; doi:10.3390/su1030464
Received: 17 July 2009; Accepted: 10 August 2009 / Published: 14 August 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(2), 215-233; doi:10.3390/su1020215
Received: 9 February 2009; Accepted: 8 April 2009 / Published: 22 May 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(2), 120-132; doi:10.3390/su1020120
Received: 18 March 2009; Accepted: 7 April 2009 / Published: 14 April 2009
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Sustainability 2009, 1(1), 81-96; doi:10.3390/su1010081
Received: 20 January 2009; Accepted: 19 March 2009 / Published: 30 March 2009
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