Wikipedia article discusses the concept of "food miles," which is the number of miles that food must travel from production to consumption.
Web page claims that conventionally sourced vegetables travel nearly 1500 miles to reach the consumer.
Essay (Pollan 2010) on the recent trends and movement towards healthier, local and sustainable agriculture. Discusses current books and speeches that capture the current feelings of how food needs to change in the US.
Article (Woody 2013) explains how pesticides and fungicides are killing bee populations at an alarming rate, negatively impacting pollination of crops.
Paper (Cannon 2010) outlines the inadequacies of pesticide use (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc…) as weed and pest control and suggests an Integrated Pest Management method focused on prevention using full cycle agriculture.
Article (LEAD 2006) describes in-depth the current problems with global livestock raising. The FAO' scientific argument that the current status quo is not sustainable for long.
Report (Shrybman 2000) covers problematic aspects of current food production/distribution, says "agriculture arguably contributes more to climate change than any other single sector of the world's economy."
Study (Scott 2010) states that solutions to today's environmental problems will involve numerous changes in private and public life.
Web article (Anna Lappe) discusses the core differences between climate-crisis agriculture and climate-friendly farming
NewVistas aims to produce food equivalent to 100% of the calorie requirements of the community on the footprint of the community itself. Close oversight of communiity agricultural systems ensures that practices are sustainable. Targets: 1. Zero downstream pollution 2. Very low fuel usage 3. Consistent increase in soil fertility 4. Zero pesticide herbicide collateral damage to the environment, i.e. birds, bees, etc. 5. High nutrient and sufficient calorie food production 6. Low water usage 7. Economically profitable for professional farmer
Paper (Barlow 2009) outlines twenty strategies for optimizing agricultural production.
Publication (Berton 2005) describes experiences of several farms attempting to operate more sustainably.
Guide (King and Nordquist 2003) for developing a sustainable plan for farms.
PDF of book (Mae-Wan Ho, 2008) describes how farms can be organic, sustainable, and free from the use of fossil fuels. It recommends low-input farming, integrated food and energy production, and local consumption.
Paper (Barlow 2010) discusses some of the economics of sustainable agriculture and concludes that it can be done profitably.
Article (Ikerd 1995) describes some of the economics of sustainable agriculture. Claims that there is modest income for sustainable farming ($10,000/person) but other factors contribute to great satisfaction and overall lifestyle benefits when compared with conventional large scale monocrops.
Article (Avis 2010) discusses the way in which chemical fertilizers and modern agriculture methods convert fertile soil into petrochemical dependent dirt and suggests that this downward spiral can be turned around with sustainable land use practices.
Paper (Barlow 2010) discusses how soil fertility affects the nutritional value of foods.
Presentation (Kline 2004) to the Nutritional Therapy Association
Paper (Miskin 2011) describes the ideal soil structure for agriculture is 5-12" of loamy topsoil that consists of about 40% sand, 40% silt, and 20% clay. Organic material composition should be 2-10%.
Paper (Barlow 2009) describes a proprietary protocol for enhancing soil productivity.
Article (Evans 200) describes a low input permaculture no-till system being used in Nepal to grow wheat and rice.
Paper (Wright 2010) describes the benefits of No-Till Agriculture over conventional tilling, such as reduced erosion, reduced evaporation, increased soil nutrient content, and reduced costs and resources.
Paper (Ben Cannon 2010) outlines double digging tillage. Double digging tillage can maximize planting area by promoting deep root growth and allowing close proximity planting.
Spreadsheet (Sitati 2011) compares costs of Tilling verse No Tilling agriculture in Central Kansas.
Paper (Cannon 2010) outlines the use of microbial soil inoculations to improve soil quality and crop yeild.
Paper (Cannon 2010) describing the current methods of soil nutrient management employed by commercial farmers.
Book (Magdoff and Van Es 2009) discusses soil fertility management techniques that improve the environment and plant quality.
Paper (Miskin 2010) describing the nutrient content of biochar and how to optimize use and benefits.
Article (National Resources Defense Council 2010) discusses the pros and cons of biochar as a carbon sequestration technology and determines the advantages in relation to food production appear to outweigh the risks.
Article (North and Magazine 2008) describes using trees interspaced with crops and grazing fields to capture nutrients that otherwise would leech into groundwater and be lost.
Paper (Bierman and Rosen 2005) describes nutrient cycles (macro and micro) as they flow through an agriculture system and provides solutions for maintaining proper soil nutrients through various methods.
Website (Krones 2009) that describes soil nutrients and composition for agriculture.
Paper (Black 2010) describes existing injection technologies. Currently no efficient method exists for deep injection.
Experiment (Black and Wright 2010) results spreadsheet shows that pre-wetted materials wick moisture better. Materials with an open pore structure tend to wick more uniformly and can handle more volume.
Working spreadsheet (Wright 2010) lists materials with some or all of the necessary characteristics for the Nutrient Wicking Foam used in the irrigation system.
Paper (Wright 2010) discusses the nutrients in fertilizer and compares organic v inorganic, slow-release v quick-release, and discusses the use of biosolids for NewVistas.
Paper (Black 2010) describes the physics of capillary flow and proposes that the wicking material be placed horizontally in the soil to provide sufficient lift to get water near the surface.
Article (Belzer 2010) discusses advantages and disadvantages of different fertilizer injection methods.
Study (Rodale Institue) results of 30 year showing organic farming to produce comparable yields to traditional farming while being more profitable, using less energy, and with less impact on the environment.
Web article (Feigenbaum 2014) For many of us it starts with shopping; according to The Organic Center American shoppers choose to buy at least one organic product out of every 10 items purchased.
Research report (Rodrigues 1997) shows that chemical and machine intensive agriculture destroys soil microbe communities, while low input organic farming allows natural decomposition processes to occur, strengthening the soil.
Article (Walsh 2008) about "vertical farming," which can enable food to be grown locally and sustainably in an urban environment.
Paper (Miskin 2010) describes permaculture design and function of each component.
Website of the Permaculture Institute provides information regarding permaculture.
Website provides an introduction to permaculture from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
Website of PermacultureVisions describes the function and importance of each component necessary for a successful operation utilizing permaculture techniques.
Paper (Ikerd) describes a "new agriculture" emerging in the United States that puts value on sustainable life styles.
Article (Yoon 2000) describes research on rice yields in China showing simple intercropping drastically reducing rice blast occurance. 100,000 acre study uses only two different types of rice intercropped, double yields resulting.
Website (National Center for Appropriate Technology 2010) Information clearinghouse for material related to sustainable agriculture.