Agricultural sustainability and intensive production practices

David Tilman, Kenneth G. Cassman, Pamela A. Matson, Rosamond Naylor, Stephen Polasky

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A doubling in global food demand projected for the next 50 years poses huge challenges for the sustainability both of food production and of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the services they provide to society. Agriculturalists are the principal managers of global useable lands and will shape, perhaps irreversibly, the surface of the Earth in the coming decades. New incentives and policies for ensuring the sustainability of agriculture and ecosystem services will be crucial if we are to meet the demands of improving yields without compromising environmental integrity or public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-677
Number of pages7
Issue number6898
StatePublished - Aug 8 2002

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Funding Information:
Wethank the National Science Foundation for support and N. Larson for assistance.


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