An independent, peer reviewed journal for policy makers and practitioners in agriculture and related industries, assessing the interactions between population growth, resources, the environment and climate change.
The New Year will see a new ‘face’ to World Agriculture .
We shall change our WEB format, and to keep our Journal abreast of developments in internet technology, we shall for example, simplify the procedure by which one downloads references on-line.
Moreover, we shall invite readers to comment on World Agriculture , or on relevant current issues, by publishing your unedited comments, to which we shall append only your name and country.
In the present Issue we give evidence of …
The carbon cycle is the biogeochemical cycle by which carbon is exchanged among five spheres of the Earth, carbon (C) sinks: the biosphere, pedosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere (These are not mutually exclusive, see Glossary).
Along with the nitrogen cycle and the water cycle, the carbon cycle comprises a sequence of events that is key to making the Earth capable of sustaining life; it describes the movement of carbon as it is recycled and reused …
Dame Fiona has published a most apposite and timely book on the Man’s need for beauty of the natural world.
She has asked me to review it – a hard-headed scientist to review a book on beauty, is you might think, a bit incongruous.
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”, as Plato most astutely stated – it is not subject to scientific analysis, or quantification.
Nevertheless, what is beautiful is subject to teaching, or is learnt by experience. My mother once told me she …
This Issue is one of the more important Issues of World Agriculture.
The pages here are more numerous than is normally the case. We deal with one of our fundamental purposes and objectives.
This is to give a clear, description of the some of the complex, vital problems confronting this World and where possible propose solutions. Policy makers carry out their duties in response to pressure from the voting public.
It is up to that public with the very best and well-informed …
A discussion of the conclusions drawn by Dr. Tang Huaizhi, Dr. Xue Jian, Prof. Yun Wenju – this Issue
The Chinese Government fully recognizes the potential national problems associated with their current agricultural production and accepts the conclusions of their leading scientists as to the appropriate action to take.
Over the next 20 years, urbanization of China’s population will continue, presenting similar problems to those of western societies.
A current Chinese …
In the current Issue of WA we publish a fascinating and informative account of agroforestry in India by Handa, Toky et al .
In this paper are listed various tree-based products: gums, resins, floss, fibres, fodder, brooms, fruits and many others for the use of the subsistence farmer. Hence, these various agroforestry systems are considered to be the backbone of marginal farming for a self-reliant and sustainable agriculture, which also forms a strong feasible option to counter climate …
Are the European Union Regulators Laggards?
It is appropriate, first, to review the discussions and outcome of a meeting of the FAO in Rome, 15-17 February this year.
The meeting was entitled “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition”. The key question at the meeting was: to what extent could agricultural biotechnologies assist and benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improve nutrition during climate change