An independent, peer reviewed journal for policy makers and practitioners in agriculture and related industries, assessing the interactions between population growth, resources, the environment and climate change.
(College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China)
Abstract: Sustainability of agro-ecosystems plays an important role in regional ecological safety and food security. As an ecological accounting tool, the ecological footprint (EF) is widely adopted to assess the sustainability of a given region, nation or industrial sector.
As a virtual area, the EF initially does not reflect the real ecological conditions of the home region. …