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Increasing Sustainability in Mediterranean Cropping Systems with Self-Reseeding Annual Legumes

Modern specialized agricultural systems carry out productive functions only by adding large auxiliary energy inputs (synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, etc.) and paying little attention to environmental degradation and human health risks. To correct these negative tendencies it is necessary to return to environmentally sound agriculture and to implement it in modern agroecosystems (Caporali et al., 1989; Marsh, 1997).