Wednesday, June 17, 2015

More on Agroecology

Here is a great article providing a broad brush overview on agroecology: Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here's how.

In short, there’s a systems problem with the many incarnations of “sustainable food.” Good intentions notwithstanding, most alternatives leave untouched the underlying structures and forces of the agri-food system. They don’t ask how farmers can listen to their land, scientists can listen to farmers, eaters can listen to restaurant workers and the government can listen to people’s needs. Sustainable food, it turns out, lacks a science with which to deal with a system as complex as farming and food. 
But there is an approach that embraces complexity and change. It involves developing the capacity to listen, to grow new connections, and to build solidarity among animals, plants and people. It’s called agroecology.

The end of this article reminds us that there is a popular magazine called Farming Matters (free digital downloads) and an open access journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

I'm happy to discuss agroecology as the guiding paradigm of Brines Farm as well to any and all interested.


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