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World food production

World food production
titolo World food production
sottotitolo Facing growing needs and limited resources
curatore
argomenti Altri argomenti > Agraria
collana Ricerche
formato Libro
lingua inglese
pagine 560
pubblicazione 2015
ISBN 9788834329580
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The main objective of this volume was to provide the criteria with which to evaluate agriculture’s capacity to produce what humanity needs (not just raw materials, but also agro-ecosystem services, landscape etc.), without an excessive impact on the environment. The discussion is held on a global level, taking into account the substantial differences that exist between developed and developing countries. The first of the three sections presented in this volume provides an estimate of the food and water needed to satisfy the nutritional demands of the current and future world population, meeting the demands in terms of quantity and quality. With regard to the first the discussion tackles losses in agricultural produce related to foodstuff perishability and limits of the production systems. The second section analyses the positive and negative impact of agriculture – with or without animals – on the agro-system (soil, water and biodiversity), on the territory (equilibrium between the rural and the urban, landscape conservation) and on energy availability; the role of women, family farms and organic agriculture in reducing the impacts are analyzed in detail. The last section explores agricultural production: field crops and fruit trees, animal farming (monogastrics and ruminants), food processing and food conservation. The essential role of scientific-technical innovation in all production sectors is well highlighted, as is the need for well structured production networks (associations and cooperatives), as such networks are the catalysts for an inclusive development that guarantees the environmental, economic and ethical-social sustainability of the agro-systems in both developed and developing countries.

INDICE TESTUALE

Preface by Giuseppe Bertoni (p. IX)

AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN FEEDING

LAURA ROSSI - MARINA CARCEA
Food, nutrition and malnutrition: a global vision (p. 3)

PAOLA DEL GIACOMO - ENRICO MARIA TRECARICHI - PIER SANDRO COCCONCELLI - ROBERTO CAUDA
Safety of water and food: a key factor for development (p. 27)

ANDREA SONNINO
Meeting the growing global demand for food and nutrition:current situation and outlook (p. 55)

MASSIMO IANNETTA - LAURA MARIA PADOVANI
The Agro-food industry, ‘from fork to farm’ (p. 73)

AGRICULTURE: GENERAL ASPECTS

ALFONSO PASCALE
The territory and the interaction between agricultural and environmental, socio-economical and cultural changes (p. 97)

MARCO MARZANO DE MARINIS - LUISA VOLPE
Family farming and the sustainable use of natural resources around the world (p. 117)

MARIA GEMMA GRILLOTTI DI GIACOMO
The role of women into modern agriculture (p. 129)

MARCO PELLIZZONI - MARCO TREVISAN
The impact of agriculture on natural resources (water, soil and biota) (p. 161)

CATELLO MASULLO
Water: availability and rational use (agricultural, industrial, civil) (p. 191)

NICOLA COLONNA - LUIGI ROSSI
Agriculture and energy: a tight nexus (p. 203)

MICHELE PISANTE
Multifunctional Agriculture (p. 229)

ROBERTO PINTON
Organic agriculture (p. 253)

GIUSEPPE BERTONI - ANDREA MINARDI
Agriculture and animals: different roles and ethical considerations (p. 275)

AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY IN DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

LUIGI ROSSI
Innovation and sustainability of the agro-food system (p. 307)

MATTEO BUSCONI - MARIANGELA MARUDELLI - ADRIANO MAROCCO
Genomics and biotechnology for plant breeding (p. 325)

VINCENZO TABAGLIO - CRISTINA GANIMEDE - GIUSEPPE BERTONI
The soil and field crop production (p. 347)

OSVALDO FAILLA
Fruit tree production (p. 375)

MATTEO ANACLERIO - MARCO PELLIZZONI - MARCO TREVISAN
Protection of plants and agricultural products (p. 393)

G. MATTEO CROVETTO
Poultry and pig production systems in developing countries (p. 437)

MIRCO CORAZZIN - ANNA ZULIANI - STEFANO BOVOLENTA - EDI PIASENTIER
Ruminant production (p. 457)

SERGIO GATTI
Processing and preservation of plant and animal products (p. 481)

GIOVANNI GUASTELLA - PAOLO SCKOKAI
The role of agricultural cooperatives and producers’ organizations in improving food and nutrition security (p. 501)

Conclusions by Giuseppe Bertoni (p. 523)

Biografia dell'autore

Giuseppe Bertoni is Professor of Animal Husbandry at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Production and Environment at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy. Director of the Institute of Zootechnics from 1996 to 2012 he has taught Animal Physiology and Physiopathology and is the author of more than 500 publications. He is a member of the Ministry for Health’s Technical Committee on Feedstuffs and was previously a member of the board of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and of the European Association of Animal Production.

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