The following e-books on sustainable agriculture are available on ACORNweb through the NetLibrary database with a valid library card number. Like those available in print, these books were selected based on the quality and currency of their research. ACORNweb has over 40,000 e-books in its collection, and all of them are available for full-text viewing on both PC and MAC systems.

  • Bacon, C.M. (2008). Confronting the coffee crisis: fair trade, sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems in Mexico and Central America. Boston: MIT Press. Retrieved July 17, 2009 from NetLibrary database.
"These sociologists and environmentalists, grouped around the University of California, Santa Cruz, and nongovernmental organizations such as Oxfam, find some hope for small-farm cooperatives in the movements promoting quality shade-grown organic and fair-trade coffees….A new world of personal relationships between small-scale growers in the South and socially conscious consumers in the North -- unmediated by global roasters, distributors, or retailers -- emerges as the ultimate Utopian benchmark." (Foreign Affairs)

  • Ikerd, John. (2008). Crisis and opportunity. Our sustainable future series. Nebraska: Nebraska UP. Retrieved July 17, 2009 from NetLibrary database.
"With the decline of family farms and rural communities and the rise of corporate farming and the resulting environmental degradation, American agriculture is in crisis. But this crisis offers the opportunity to rethink agriculture in sustainable terms. Here one of the most eloquent and influential proponents of sustainable agriculture explains what this means. These engaging essays describe what sustainable agriculture is, why it began, and how it can succeed." (from Publisher's website: www.nebraskapress.unl.edu)

  • Hinrichs, C.C. and Lyson, T.A. (2007). Remaking the North American food system. Our sustainable future series. Nebraska: Nebraska UP. Retrieved July 17, 2009 from NetLibrary database.
"Examines the resurgence of interest in rebuilding the links between agricultural production and food consumption as a way to overcome some of the negative implications of industrial and globalizing trends in the food and agricultural system." (from Publisher's website: www.nebraskapress.unl.edu)

  • Pretty, J. (2008). Sustainable agriculture and food. (v. 1. History of agriculture and food, v. 2. Agriculture and the environment, v. 3. Agriculture and food systems, v. 4. Policies, processes and institutions.) Retrieved July 17, 2009 from Earthscan Reference Collection on NetLibrary.
"Modern industrial agriculture relies on a disconnect between crops and livestock and a focus on maximizing production above all else. This has created a highly dysfunctional nutrient cycle in which huge amounts of nitrogen fertilizers are used to ensure high yields, much of which leaves farms in the form of water and air contamination. An intensive debate among agriculturalists, environmentalists, scientists, policy makers, and, most recently, nutritionists reveals that it will require a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to reinstate agricultural land's ecological functions." (BioScience)

  • Wimberley, R.C. The social risks of agriculture: Americans speak out on food, farming and the environment. California: Praeger. Retrieved July 17, 2009 from NetLibrary database.
"In a vast society where environmentally conscious nonfarming voters and consumers have grown to greatly outnumber those directly engaged in agriculture, what happens in agriculture becomes increasingly subject to control by the general society, as policies and laws cater to constituents and consumers." (from Publisher's website: www.greenwood.com)

  • World Bank. (2006). Sustainable land management: challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs. Agriculture and rural development series. Washington, DC.
"The overall goal of the report is to give a strategic focus to the implementation of the sustainable land management (SLM) components of the World Bank’s corporate strategies. The specific objectives of the report are to articulate priorities for investment in SLM and natural resource management and to identify the policy, institutional and incentive reform options that will accelerate the adoption of SLM."(from Publisher's website: http://web.worldbank.org)