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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND ...

Agroecology and the Restoration of Organic Metabolisms in Agrifood Systems
Agroecology and the Restoration of Organic Metabolisms in Agrifood Systems
Paulo Petersen

Agriculture by definition implies human intervention in the natural world. Technically speaking, it signifies the conversion of the ecosystem into an agroecosystem. The ecosystem is an ecological system whose reproduction is assured by the work of nature: in other words, by material cycles and energy flows primarily fed by solar radiation. For 95% of our history as a species we appropriated the fruits of nature's work through the practices of gathering, hunting and fishing. The level of human intervention in the ecosystem was minimal, in most cases limited to extracting selected elements from nature.

Around ten thousand years ago, the human relationship with the rest ...

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