13 May '11, 9am

The Capitalization of Bee-cosystem Services in California’s Almond Industry

The Capitalization of Bee-cosystem Services in California’s Almond Industry

Agricultural industries are especially sensitive to scale and growth of operations as ecological variables work in systems to supply the throughput necessary for abundant yields. The supply of water, health of soil, nutrients from vegetation, and activity of microorganisms and pollinators interact at certain capacity levels to produce fruits, vegetables, and grains to feed the nation’s people and livestock. Large-scale agriculture has flourished over the last century with the foundation of the industry model being neoclassical economics. This theory explains agricultural production in terms of efficient allocation of resources but often does not consider essential ecological factors in the equation. These hidden values are becoming more apparent as large operations test the capacities of ecosystems and find their limits. California’s flourishing almond industry, the fourth...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/capitalization-bee-co...

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