The debate over sustainable intensification
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and International Society for Plant Pathology. Sustainable intensification is a process designed to achieve higher agricultural yields whilst simultaneously reducing the negative impact of farming on the environment. It is an idea that has had much prominence over the last decade, but which has also raised considerable concerns among a number of different stakeholders. In particular, there are worries that it might be used to justify intensification per se and the accelerated adoption of particular forms of high-input and hi-tech agriculture. Here, some of the issues surrounding the concept of sustainable intensification are explored including: how the term itself has become a centre of debate, how it has been appropriated to support different worldviews, and how it might evolve to help the food system respond to the environmental and food security challenges ahead.