By Gloria I. Guzman Casado, Manuel Gonzalez de Molina

Energy in Agroecosystems: a device for Assessing Sustainability is the 1st e-book on strength research that's up to date and particularly devoted to agriculture. it's written from an agroecological standpoint and is going past the traditional research of the effective use of power. The publication offer a methodological consultant to evaluate power potency and sustainability from an eco-energetic viewpoint.

Case stories from either Europe and the United States, that are consultant of today’s so much used scales of research (crop, farm, neighborhood or nationwide) and the various farm administration practices (traditional, industrialized, and modern organic), observe this technique This e-book may be of fundamental curiosity to researchers, practitioners, and scholars operating within the components of agroecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental technological know-how, power research, usual assets administration, rural improvement and overseas development.

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As we have seen, while biological metabolism is genetically determined, technological metabolism is culturally determined and, therefore, subject to purely social constraints in addition to environmental constraints. Hence, the metabolism of a society will be the sum of the biological and the technological metabolisms built by society itself over time, enabling the individual metabolisms of its members. From a thermodynamic point of view, all human societies share with other physical and biological systems the need for controlled, efficient processing of energy extracted from the surroundings.

The exchange of energy, materials, and information that governs the metabolic dynamic is an asymmetrical and always a unidirectional exchange in which some structures become more ordered while others become more disordered, elevating the level of local entropy. Open systems such as human societies have managed to create order through their assurance of an uninterrupted flow of energy from their environment, transferring the resulting entropy back to their surroundings. This behavior, as indicated by Prigogine (1947, 1955, 1962), grounds the theoretical and methodological proposal of social metabolism.

These terms correspond to the study of fractions or dimensions of the general metabolic process (see Chapters 5 through 8). In the context of the emergence and development of new hybrid disciplines that predicate and practice interdisciplinarity, the concept of social metabolism and its equivalents was placed predominantly—but not exclusively—as a tool and method of ecological economics and industrial economics. Metabolism can be measured in terms of the mass transferred from nature to a social system per unit time, and also as the energy flow integrated by a society per unit time.

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