Industrial-Sized Deals Books Gift Guide Books Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon David Bowie egg_2015 Fire TV Stick Beauty Gifts Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer minions minions minions  Amazon Echo Starting at $84.99 Kindle Black Friday Deals BestoftheYear Outdoor Deals on HTL

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
EcoCommerce 101 is a deep dive into the mechanics of U.S. agriculture policy from the point of view of a man who has seen it from many angles -- as a farmer, government employee, now policy consultant. Gieseke examines the notion of conserving ecosystem services on agricultural lands and assesses how current policies tend to obstruct efforts integrate broader ecological purposes into farm subsidies. Updated policies are needed to improve the integration of disparate and separate government programs, to offer conservation incentives based on resource needs rather than the needs of agencies, and to support the development of consistent, multi-scaled and standardized measurements for ecosystem services. Gieseke observes that water quality trading programs as currently structured are not likely to restore public waters, in part because of high transaction costs. He also emphasizes that markets are developed in isolation at the institutional level, and do not effectively address a broad spectrum of ecoservices. He contrasts the commodity title in the Farm Bill, which has met its objectives, with the conservation title, which has not, and attributes that in part to a failure to develop useful measurements. Quoting Sally Collins, former director of the U.S. Office of Environmental Markets, the author highlights five themes for ecomarkets: Its more than carbon; we need unified standards; stakeholders must be involved, we can learn from experience, and cross-government cooperation is key. The constituency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture used to be the farmer. Now its a broader spectrum of non-profits, agencies, and companies requesting outcomes from farmers. The only disappointment in the book is its skimpy treatment of biodiversity, a major environmental challenge on agricultural lands.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2011
EcoCommerce 101 offers an inspiring vision and pragmatic approach to understanding the emergence of markets for payments for ecosystem services (PES). With agriculture as a prime example, author Tim Gieseke makes use of actual and visionary examples of how cooperation between leaders in business, agriculture, government and ecology can lead to the emergence and generalization of ecoservices markets. EcoCommerce principles applied to urban ecosystems and other business activities, such as retailing or water services, could mean the emergence of a truly-green global economy; one which would be based on investing in ecosystem management and restoration.

Joël Houdet, PhD AgroParisTech
Consultant - Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Specialist

A@L - Integrated Sustainability Services
Sandton, South Africa

President of Synergiz, Paris, France
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2011
I very much liked this book and consider it is a tremendous addition to my bookshelf. EcoCommerce 101 is probably a worthwhile purchase/read for those who are trying to connect disparate dots (environmental policy; ecology politics; proposed new "permit" or "compliance" markets) and for readers who have ever considered if/how protecting fundamental "commons goods" can be an "economic stimulus".

The author seamlessly synthesizes many complex thoughts, theories, and principles and he presents them clearly enough to be appreciated by both novices AND accomplished veterans in many different and discrete domains (finance, agriculture, environmental advocacy, etc.). In this work, the case is well made for integrated resource management, for longitudinal analysis/consideration of how resources are allocated, and for more intelligent policy to be created. In EcoCommerce 101 the reader will be stimulated to really think about how critical fundamental supplies (soil, water, air) can be be used responsibly in the present AND remain available for the the continued reuse which will be required to maintain/advance national and international economic growth.

This author has produced not just a robust primer, he has written a good book that should be of real value to experts in many related and component fields.

I look forward to EcoCommerce 201 and subsequent works by this author !
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on March 3, 2011
EcoCommerce 101 provides a wonderful entry point for those interested in where our economy is right now and where it should go. With an amazing level of research, this book takes you by the hand and shows that the old system need not be broken in order to bring more sense into it.

This book should be in many libraries and I would definitely recommend it and I will put it on the shelf where I keep my useful books.

Ronny Daniel
M.Sc. Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability
Blekinge Institute of Technology
Karlskrona, Sweden
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
The last ten years or so have seen spirited debate about the role markets and market-based instruments can play in protecting and improving our natural resources, from clean air and water as far as moderating changes in the earth's climate. EcoCommerce 101 ably stakes out the maximalist position in this debate. Tim Gieseke argues, at length and in detail, that the "bio-economy" can be seamlessly woven into the market economy; in essence, that monetary values can be attached to the various aspects of ecological sustainability, and this end achieved through trade among private parties. Even those unpersuaded that this reasoning can be taken as far as Gieseke does, should make themselves familiar with it, because the straitened financial circumstances of governments in the United States and throughout the developed world make experiments in spreading the cost of environmental protection essential.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
"EcoCommerce 101 is an authoritative and much needed review of Ecosystem Service markets. Tim Gieseke does an excellent job communicating the principles, potential and need for market driven mechanisms to sustain our environment and enable farmers to realize more of the value they provide beyond the commodities they produce. Written by a farmer who has been in the trenches and is clearly expert on the topic, I recommend this book to anyone interested in better understanding why environmental markets are essential when discussing 'sustainability'."

Terry Stone
Manager, Sustainability Value Chain
Research Triangle, North Carolina
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.