California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops, September 1, 2007, pages 1-31.
Agro-ecosystem functions support not only the production of food and fiber but a variety of non-market goods and services that are socially valuable. Examples of those non-market goods and services include aesthetic experiences, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and recreation to name a few. There is a growing awareness of the importance that provision of these non-market goods and services has to the long-run sustainability of agriculture in general and California agriculture in particular. This awareness has led to an increasing interest in the estimation of the economic value of agro-ecosystem functions non-market goods and services. This increased awareness can be seen by the growing body of work dealing with economic valuation of these non-market services and the contribution of various agricultural practices to the provision of those services (Dale, Sandu, Goldman, Baumberger)
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