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The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008

The Mediterranean Way Towards Industrialization

  • Provides a panoramic view of the evolution of Spanish agriculture from 1900 to the present from biophysical and social perspective, unusual in the Sustainable Science studies and the History of Agriculture, offering a more diverse picture to the complex and multidimensional reality of agrarian production

  • With a clear transdisciplinary ambition, the book applies an original and innovative theoretical and methodological tool, termed Agrarian Social Metabolism, combining Social Metabolism with an agroecological perspective

  • There is no such a detailed and complete study on environmental and institutional aspects of industrialization process of agriculture worldwide. In this sense, the can be an important tool for searching agrarian sustainability and, therefore, for designing a more sustainable agriculture and food system

Part of the book series: Environmental History (ENVHIS, volume 10)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Agrarian Metabolism: The Metabolic Approach Applied to Agriculture

    • Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 1-28Open Access
  3. Agricultural Output: From Crop Specialization to Livestocking, 1900–2008

    • Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 29-68Open Access
  4. Agricultural Inputs and Their Energy Costs 1900–2010

    • Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 69-106Open Access
  5. Decreasing Income and Reproductive Problems of the Agricultural Population

    • Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 107-151Open Access
  6. Environmental Impacts of Spanish Agriculture’s Industrialization

    • Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 153-179Open Access
  7. The Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture

    • Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver et al.
    Pages 181-215Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 217-281

About this book

This open access book provides a panoramic view of the evolution of Spanish agriculture from 1900 to the present, offering a more diverse picture to the complex and multidimensional reality of agrarian production. With a clear transdisciplinary ambition, the book applies an original and innovative theoretical and methodological tool, termed Agrarian Social Metabolism, combining Social Metabolism with an agroecological perspective. This integrative analysis is especially interesting for environmental scientists and policy makers being the best way to design sustainable agroecosystems and public policies capable of moving us towards a more sustainable food system.

Spanish agricultural production has experienced impressive growth during the 20th century which has allowed it to ensure the supply of food to the population and even to transform some crops into important chapters in foreign trade. However, this growth has had its negative side since it was based on the injection of large amounts of external energy, on the destruction of employment and the loss of profitability of agricultural activity. But perhaps the most serious part is the strong impact of the current industrialised agriculture model on Spanish agroecosystems, exposed to the overexploitation of hydric resources, pollution of the water by nitrates and pesticides, high erosion rates and an alarming loss of biodiversity; damage which in the immediate future will end up reducing production capacity.

Keywords

  • Agrarian Social Metabolism
  • Socio-ecological Transition
  • Spanish Agricultural History
  • Agro-ecology
  • Agricultural industrialization
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Departamento de Geografía, Historia y Filosofía, Agroecosystems History Laboratory, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain

    Manuel González de Molina

  • Agroecosystems History Laboratory, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    David Soto Fernández

  • Agroecosystems History Laboratory, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain

    Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Jaime Vila Traver

  • Agroecosystems History Laboratory, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Eduardo Aguilera Fernández

  • Agroecosystems History Laboratory, Universidad de Jaén, Jaén, Spain

    Roberto García Ruiz

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Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008

  • Book Subtitle: The Mediterranean Way Towards Industrialization

  • Authors: Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver, Roberto García Ruiz

  • Series Title: Environmental History

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20900-1

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-20899-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-20902-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-20900-1

  • Series ISSN: 2211-9019

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-9027

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 281

  • Number of Illustrations: 102 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, History, Environmental Economics, History of Economic Thought and Methodology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)