Concept

Ecological health

Summary
Ecological health is a term that has been used in relation to both human health and the condition of the environment.
  • In medicine, ecological health has been used to refer to multiple chemical sensitivity, which results from exposure to synthetic chemicals (pesticides, smoke, etc.) in the environment, hence the term ecological.
  • The term has also been used in medicine with respect to management of environmental factors (taxes, health insurance surcharges) that may reduce the risk of unhealthy behavior such as smoking.
  • As an urban planning term, ecological health refers to the "greenness" of cities, meaning composting, recycling, and energy efficiency.
  • With respect to broader environmental issues, ecological health has been defined as "the goal for the condition at a site that is cultivated for crops, managed for tree harvest, stocked for fish, urbanized, or otherwise intensively used."
Ecological health differs from ecosystem health, the condition of ecosystems, which have part
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