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Building a Sustainable and Resilient Agricultural System for a Changing Global Environment

December 2013

Citation: ELR 11079

Author: Mary Jane Angelo

The vast majority of scientists agree that in the coming decades, climate change will have profound impacts on the global environment. During this same time, the world population is expected to grow, and many developing regions of the world are poised to become more affluent. These changes will result in increased demand for food and other agricultural products. Modern industrialized agriculture is particularly not well-suited to adapt to the changes that are likely to occur. Modeling agricultural systems on the types of ecologically resilient systems that occur in nature will reduce agriculture’s vulnerability and improve its capacity to adapt.

Mary Jane Angelo is the University of Florida Research Foundation Professor and Director, Environmental and Land Use Law Program, University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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