Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry: A Bibliographic Essay

Theme: All Topics


  • Caroline D. Harnly



Sustainable agriculture and sustainable forestry are important environmental issues and as such are areas in which academic and research libraries should be building their collections. The author evaluated over 250 books on these topics in order to determine the 100 most relevant books on these topics. The books are divided into general works and geographic categories and are briefly discussed. Relevant reference books, journals, electronic databases, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. National Agricultural Library programs are also noted.


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Abbott, L. K. and Murphy, Daniel V., eds. 2003. Soil Biological Fertility: A Key to Sustainable Land Use in Agriculture. Dordrecht; Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Ahmad, Abdel; Ghaffar Muhammad and Mlay, Wilfred, eds. 1998. Environment and Sustainable Development in Eastern and Southern Africa: Some Critical Issues. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Allen, Patricia, ed. 1993. Food for the Future: Conditions and Contradictions Of Sustainability. New York: Wiley.

Allin, Craig W., ed. 2000. Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues. 3 vols. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press.

Almas, Reidar and Lawrence, Geoffrey. 2003. Globalization, Localization, and Sustainable Livelihoods. Aldershot, Hants, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (U.S), comp. 1997. Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Books. (Special Reference Briefs Series; No. SRB 97-05) Beltsville, Md.: U.S.D.A, ARS [and] National Agricultural Library.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (U.S), comp. 2003. Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Books. (Updates Special Reference Briefs Series; No. SRB 97-05) [Online] Beltsville, Md.: U.S.D.A, ARS [and] National Agricultural Library, Available: {} [Accessed September 4, 2003].

Altieri, Miguel A. 1995. Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture. (2nd ed.) Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press; London: IT Publications.

Aplet, Gregory H.; et al., eds. 1993. Defining Sustainable Forestry. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Arntzen, Charles J. and Ritter, Ellen M., eds. 1994. Encyclopedia of Agricultural Science. 4 vols. San Diego: Academic Press.

Ascher, William. 1995. Communities and Sustainable Forestry in Developing Countries. San Francisco, Calif.: Institute for Contemporary Studies.

Beeman, Randal S. and Pritchard, James A. 2001. A Green and Permanent Land: Ecology and Agriculture in the Twentieth Century. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.

Bender, Jim. 1994. Future Harvest: Pesticide-Free Farming. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Berton, Valerie, ed. 1997. Source Book of Sustainable Agriculture for Educators, Producers and Other Agricultural Professionals: A Guide to Books, Newsletters, Conference Proceedings, Bulletins, Videos and more. Burlington, Vt.: Sustainable Agriculture Network: Sustainable Agriculture Publishers [distributor].

Bird, Elizabeth Ann R. and Bultena, Gordon L., and Gardner, John C. 1995. Planting the Future: Developing an Agriculture That Sustains Land and Community. Ames: Iowa State University Press.

Bredahl, Maury E. et al., eds. 1996. Agriculture, Trade, and the Environment: Discovering and Measuring the Critical Linkages. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.

Brussaard, L. and Ferrera-Cerrato, Ronald, eds. 1997. Soil Ecology in Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Boca Raton: CRC/Lewis Publishers.

Buck, Louise E.; Lassoie, James P., and Fernandes, Erick C.M., eds. 1999. Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems. (Advances in Agroecology) Boca Raton, Fl.: CRC Press.

Cashore, Benjamin William, et al. 2001. In Search of Sustainability: British Columbia Forest Policy in the 1990s. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Caviglia, Jill L. 1999. Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil: Economic Development and Deforestation. (New horizons in environmental economics) Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Chadwick, Derek J. and Marsh, Joan, eds. 1993. Crop Protection and Sustainable Agriculture. (Ciba Foundation Symposium; 177). Chichester; New York: Wiley.

Colfer, Carol J. Pierce and Byron, Yvonne. 2001. People Managing Forests: The Links Between Human Well-Being and Sustainability. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future,

Conway, Gordon R. and Barbier. Edward B. 1990. After The Green Revolution: Sustainable Agriculture for Development. London: Earthscan.

Cooke, Fadzillah M. 1999. The Challenge of Sustainable Forests: Forest Resource Policy in Malaysia, 1970-1995. (Asian Studies Association Of Australia Southeast Asia Publications Series) St. Leonards, NSW: Asian Studies Association of Australia in association with Allen & Unwin; Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Davis, Thomas. 2000. Sustaining the Forest, The People, and the Spirit. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

DeMuth, Suzanne. Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Periodicals. (Special Reference Briefs, SRB95-08) Beltsville, MD: National Agricultural Library, 1995. (revised June 1996) [Online]. Available: {}. [Accessed March 8, 2004].

Dixon, Alan B. 2003. Indigenous Management of Wetlands: Experiences in Ethiopia. (King's SOAS Studies in Development Geography) Aldershot: Ashgate.

Dore, M.H.I. and Guevara, Rubén. 2000. Sustainable Forest Management and Global Climate Change: Selected Case Studies from the Americas. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Drengson, Alan Rike and Taylor, Duncan MacDonald, eds. 1997. Ecoforestry: the Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers.

D'Souza, Gerard Eugene and Gebremedhin, Tesfa G. 1998. Sustainability in Agricultural and Rural Development. Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, VT: Ashgate.

Edwards, C.A. Sustainable Agricultural Systems. 1990. Ankeny, Iowa: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Ferguson, Ian S. 1996. Sustainable Forest Management. Melbourne; New York: Oxford University Press.

Ffolliott, Peter F.; et al. 1995. Dryland Forestry: Planning and Management. New York: Wiley.

Floyd, Donald W. 2002. Forest Sustainability: the History, The Challenge, the Promise. (Forest History Society Issues Series). Durham, N.C.: Forest History Society.

Foster, Bryan C. 2003. Wild Logging: a Guide to Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Forestry. Missoula, Mont.: Mountain Press Pub. Co.

Francis, Charles A.; Flora, Cornelia Butler; and King, Larry D., eds. 1990. Sustainable Agriculture in Temperate Zones. New York: Wiley.

Franklin, Steven E. 2001. Remote Sensing for Sustainable Forest Management. Boca Raton, Fla.: Lewis.

Fujimori, Takao. 2001. Ecological and Silvicultural Strategies for Sustainable Forest Management. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier.

Funes, Fernando et al. 2002. Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba. Oakland, Calif.: [Milford, Conn.]: Food First Books Co-published with ACTAF (Asociación Cubana de Técnicos Agrícolas y Forestales) and CEAS (Centro de Estudios de Agricultura Sostenible, Universidad Agraria de La Habana): Distributed by LPC Group].

Gadow, Klaus von and Pukkala, Timo. 2000. Sustainable Forest Management. Dordrecht; Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Gliessman, Stephen R. 2001. Agroecosystem Sustainability: Developing Practical Strategies. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press.

Gold, Mary V. 1994. Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms. (Special Reference Briefs: SRB 9405) Beltsville, MD: National Agricultural Library.

González, Roberto J. 2001. Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Goreham, Gary; Watt, David L.; and Jacobsen, Roy M. 1992. The Socioeconomics of Sustainable Agriculture: an Annotated Bibliography. (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities; v. 1332). New York: Garland.

Gregorich, E.G.; et al. 2001. Soil and Environmental Science Dictionary. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Groot, J. P. and Ruben, Ruerd. 1997. Sustainable Agriculture in Central America. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Gyasi, Edwin A. and Uitto, Juha I., eds. 1997. Environment, Biodiversity and Agricultural Change in West Africa: Perspectives from Ghana. Tokyo; New York: United Nations University Press.

Harrison, S. R.; and Herbohn, J. L. 2001. Sustainable Farm Forestry in the Tropics: Social and Economic Analysis and Policy. (New Horizons in Environmental Economics). Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Hassanein, Neva. 1999. Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement. (Our Sustainable Future; v. 12) Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Hatfield, Jerry L. and Karlen, Douglas L., eds. 1994. Sustainable Agriculture Systems. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers.

Hegyes, Gabriel. and Francis, Charles A., eds. 1997. Future Horizons: Recent Literature in Sustainable Agriculture. (Extension and Education Materials for Sustainable Agriculture; v. 6) Lincoln, NE: Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Nebraska--Lincoln.

Helms, John A., ed. 1998. The Dictionary of Forestry. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters.

Hobbs, R.J. and Saunders, D.A., eds. 1993. Reintegrating Fragmented Landscapes: Towards Sustainable Production and Nature Conservation. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Horne, James E.; McDermott, Maura. 2001. The Next Green Revolution: Essential Steps to a Healthy, Sustainable Agriculture. New York Food Products Press.

Hviding, Edvard and Bayliss-Smith, Tim. 2000. Islands of Rainforest: Agroforestry, Logging, and Eco-Tourism in Solomon Islands. Aldershot, England; Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate.

Ilbery, Brian W.; Chiotti, Quentin; and Rickard, Timothy J., eds. 1997. Agricultural Restructuring and Sustainability: a Geographical Perspective. (Sustainable Rural Development Series; no. 3) Wallingford, Oxon, UK; New York: CAB International.

Inoue, M. and Isozaki, Hiroji, eds. 2003. People and Forest: Policy and Local Reality in Southeast Asia, the Russian Far East, And Japan. (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies; v. 3) Dordrecht; Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Jenkins, Michael B. and Smith, Emily T. 1999. The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Jordan, Carl F. 1998. Working with Nature: Resource Management for Sustainability. Australia: Harwood Academic Publishers.

Kellomäki, Seppo, ed. 1998. Forest Resources and Sustainable Management. (Papermaking Science and Technology; Book 2) Helsinki; [Atlanta]: Published in cooperation with the Finnish Paper Engineers' Association and TAPPI.

Krott, Max, et al. 2000. Policies for Sustainable Forestry in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Leiden; Boston: Brill.

Lægreid, M.; O.C. Bøckman; and O. Kaarstad. 1999. Agriculture, Fertilizers, and the Environment. New York: Cabi.

Lal, R., ed. 1998. Soil Quality and Agricultural Sustainability. Chelsea, Mich.: Ann Arbor Press.

Lal, Rattan. 1995. Sustainable Management of Soil Resources in the Humid Tropics. Tokyo; New York: United Nations University Press.

Lansky, Mitch. 1992. Beyond The Beauty Strip: Saving What's Left of Our Forests. Gardiner, Me.: Tilbury House.

Lindenmayer, David and Franklin, Jerry F., eds. 2003. Towards Forest Sustainability. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Lipton, Kathryn L. 1995. Dictionary of Agriculture: from Abaca to Zoonosis. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Madden, J. Patrick. and Chaplowe, Scott G., eds. 1996. For All Generations: Making World Agriculture More Sustainable. Glendale, CA: OM Pub.

Malkina-Pykh, Irina G. and Y.A. Pykh. 2003. Sustainable Food and Agriculture. (The Sustainable World; v. 4). Southampton; Boston: WIT Press.

Mater, Jean. 1997. Reinventing the Forest Industry. Wilsonville, Or.: GreenTree Press.

McIsaac, Gregory and Edwards, William R., eds. 1994. Sustainable Agriculture in the American Midwest: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future. (The Environment and the Human Condition) Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Millstone, Erik and Lang, Tim. 2003. The Penguin Atlas of Food. New York: Penguin, 128 pgs.

Mingsan, Khaosa Ñat. and Rerkasem, Benjavan. 2000. The Growth and Sustainability of Agriculture in Asia. Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press.

Mortimore, Michael. 1998. Roots in the African Dust: Sustaining the Sub-Saharan Drylands. Cambridge, [Eng.]; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Müller, Sabine. 1997. Evaluating the Sustainability of Agriculture: The Case of the Reventado River Watershed in Costa Rica. Frankfurt am Main; New York: Peter Lang.

National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment in the Humid Tropics. 1993. Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment in the Humid Tropics. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on the Role of Alternative Farming Methods in Modern Production Agriculture. 1989. Alternative Agriculture. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Ness, Bryan D., ed. 2003. Magill's Encyclopedia of Science: Plant Life. 4 vols. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, Inc.

Norberg-Hodge, Helena; Goering, Peter; and Page, John. 2001. From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture. (2nd rev. ed.) London; New York: Zed Books in association with the International Society for Ecology and Culture: Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave.

Olson, Richard K., ed. 1992. Integrating Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, and Environmental Policy. New York: Food Products Press.

Our Forests, Our Future: Report of the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development. 1999. Cambridge, UK; New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.

Paarlberg, Robert L. 1994. Countrysides at Risk: the Political Geography of Sustainable Agriculture. (Policy Essay; no. 16) Washington, DC: Overseas Development Council.

Paehlke, Robert, ed. 1995. Conservation and Environmentalism: an Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Pub.

Palo, Matti. and Mery, Gerardo, eds. 1996. Sustainable Forestry Challenges for Developing Countries. (Environmental Science and Technology Library; v. 10) Dordrecht; Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Panaiotov, Todor and Ashton, Peter S. 1992. Not By Timber Alone: Economics and Ecology for Sustaining Tropical Forests. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Parent, Léon-Etienne and Ilnicki, Piotr, eds. 2003. Organic Soils and Peat Materials for Sustainable Agriculture. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press.

Pilarski, Michael, ed. 1994. Restoration Forestry: an International Guide to Sustainable Forestry Practices. Durango, Colo.: Kivaki Press.

Plotkin, Mark J. and Famolare, Lisa, eds. 1992. Sustainable Harvest and Marketing of Rain Forest Products. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Poore, Duncan. 2003. Changing Landscapes: The Development of the International Tropical Timber Organization and Its Influence on Tropical Forest Management. London; Sterling, VA: Earthscan Publications.

Prasad, Rajendra and Power, James F. 1997. Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Agriculture. Boca Raton: CRC/Lewis Publishers.

Pretty, Jules N. 1998. The Living Land: Agriculture, Food, and Community Regeneration in Rural Europe. London: Earthscan.

Pretty, Jules N. 1995. Regenerating Agriculture: Policies and Practice for Sustainability and Self-Reliance. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press.

Primack, Richard B., et al., eds. 1998. Timber, Tourists, and Temples: Conservation and Development in the Maya Forest of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Raison, R. John; Brown, A. G.; and Flinn, David W., eds. 2001. Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management. (IUFRO Research Series; 7). Wallingford, UK; New York: CABI Pub. in association with the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations.

Reed, Maureen Gail. 2003. Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Rees, R. M., ed. 2001. Sustainable Management of Soil Organic Matter. Oxon, UK; New York: CABI Pub.

Röling, Niels G. and Wagemakers, M.A.E. 1998. Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture: Participatory Learning And Adaptive Management In Times Of Environmental Uncertainty. Cambridge, U.K; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Ruttan, Vernon W., ed. 1994. Agriculture, Environment, and Health: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Salazar, Debra J. and Donald K. Alper, eds. 2000. Sustaining the Forests of the Pacific Coast: Forging Truces in the War in the Woods. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Sanders, Richard. 2000. Prospects for Sustainable Development in the Chinese Countryside: the Political Economy of Chinese Ecological Agriculture. Aldershot, Hants, England; Brookfield, Vt., USA: Ashgate.

Schmidt, Ralph; Berry; Joyce K.; and Gordon, J.C., eds. 1999. Forests to Fight Poverty: Creating National Strategies. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Schulze, Günther and Ursprung, Heinrich W. 2001. International Environmental Economics: a Survey of the Issues. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Sedjo, Roger A.; Goetzl, Alberto; and Moffat, Steverson O. 1998. Sustainability of Temperate Forests. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future.

Sheppard, S.R.J. and Harshaw, H.W. 2001. Forests and Landscapes: Linking Ecology, Sustainability, and Aesthetics. Wallingford, Oxon; New York: CABI Pub.

Shindler, Bruce A; Beckley, Thomas M.; and Finley, Mary Carmel, eds. 2003. Two Paths Toward Sustainable Forests: Public Values in Canada and the United States. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press.

Shiva, Vandana and Bedi, Gitanjali, eds. 2002. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: The Impact of Globalisation. New Delhi; Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Soule, Judith D. and Piper, Jon K. 1992. Farming in Nature's Image: an Ecological Approach to Agriculture Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Southgate, Douglas DeWitt. 1998. Tropical Forest Conservation: an Economic Assessment of the Alternatives in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press.

Souza Filho, Hildo M. de. 1997. The Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies: a Case Study in the State of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Aldershot, Hants., England; Brookfield: Ashgate.

Sustainable Agriculture: Directory of Expertise: Profiles of More Than 700 Organizations and Individuals Who Can Help You Meet Your Farming Stewardship and Profitability Goals. (3rd ed.) 1996. Burlington, VT: Sustainable Agriculture Publications.

Sverdrup, Harald and Stjernquist, Ingrid. 2002. Developing Principles and Models for Sustainable Forestry in Sweden. Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Syers, John K. and Rimmer, D. L., eds. 1994. Soil Science and Sustainable Land Management in the Tropics. Wallingford, Oxon, UK: CAB International in association with the British Society of Soil Science.

Tollefson, Chris, ed. 1998. The Wealth of Forests: Markets, Regulation, and Sustainable Forestry. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Upton, Christopher. and Bass, Stephen. 1996. The Forest Certification Handbook. Delray Beach, Fla.: St. Lucie Press.

Vosti, Stephen A. and Reardon, Thomas, eds. 1997. Sustainability, Growth, And Poverty Alleviation: a Policy and Agroecological Perspective. Baltimore, MD: Published for the International Food Policy Research Institute [by] Johns Hopkins University Press.

Whiteside, Martin. 1998. Living Farms: Encouraging Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture in Southern Africa. London: Earthscan.

Wilson, M. J. and Maliszewska-Kordybach, B. 2000. Soil Quality, Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Security in Central and Eastern Europe. Dordrecht [Netherlands]; Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Wimberley, Ronald C., et al. 2002. The Social Risks of Agriculture: Americans Speak Out on Food, Farming, and the Environment. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.

Zimmer, Gary F. 2000. The Biological Farmer: a Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming. Austin, Tex.: Acres U.S.A.




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Harnly, C. D. (2004). Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry: A Bibliographic Essay: Theme: All Topics. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (40).



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