Schulte, L.A., M. Liebman, H. Asbjornsen and T.R. Crow
One major and widely held conclusion developed over the last several decades is that agroecosystems need to be designed and managed to serve multiple functions: they should satisfy society’s needs for food, fiber, and perhaps energy at an affordable price while protecting environmental quality and human health, conserving nonrenewable resources, fostering economic development, and providing desirable places to live in rural areas. We suggest that the strategic integration of perennial plants in agricultural landscapes is a fundamental strategy for restoring agroecosystem health and function.
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation