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What Is Sustainable Intensification in Agricultural Production?

Sustainable Intensification to Meet Growing Demand
From an article published 27 February 2012

It probably comes as no surprise that global population growth is on the rise, total land available to sustain that growth is limited, and beyond that, more of us will be living in urban areas when compared to anywhere else. So how is food production going to keep up with a growing population, when more and more of it has to be produced in the exact same amount of space? Tough question, this.

And if that’s not enough, throw in climate change and the prospects of global warming, and things begin to look very tricky. Enter, Sustainable Intensification — how farmers and ranchers will intensify production in a limited space, and how that growth can be made sustainable over time. According to a new article, “The concept of sustainable intensification – growing or even maintaining production while minimizing inputs and enhancing ecosystem services – was addressed on both sides of the Atlantic last week.” Continue reading