is taking off worldwide and is one of the best hopes for phasing out the most highly hazardous agricultural pesticides.
We see agroecology
and food sovereignty as a true alternative.
8) Via Campesina, Surin Declaration: First Global Encounter on Agroecology
and Peasant Seeds, at: http://viacampesina.
This achievement has been celebrated and documented by numerous experts and observers, including land reform scholar Peter Rosset and agroecologist Miguel Altieri, academic bodies like the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology
(SOCLA), and NGOs such as Food First and the Worldwatch Institute, and have been the subject of a 2006 documentary_titled "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.
Name: Dylan VanBoxtel Education: University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, Applied Plant Science with an emphasis in Agroecology
, Independent Studies (combination of English, Journalism, TV & Film Production)
Today the term agroecology
refers to producing food sustainably.
The great success of these sustainable agroecology
systems over millenia is little known or celebrated today, yet they existed worldwide, stretching across Mexico, South America, India, Africa, China, Sri Lanka and the Pacific.
In addition to these changes, deforestation and burning of forests has declined; the use of technologies that pollute has declined; inspection and surveillance mechanisms relevant to food, water, and air quality have been created; agroecology
has expanded; forests have been replanted; and environmental preservations areas have been established.
Fortunately, we already have farming systems that take this approach, including agroecology
and organic agriculture, so we are not starting from scratch.
Such a new development paradigm is not fully developed; the last chapter briefly describes two rural-sector policies for "the peasant pathway out of poverty": (a) agroecology
, that promotes a set of principles based on traditional peasant/indigenous technologies but applying modern science and participatory experimental procedures to increase yields, recycle nutrients, and conserve soil and water; and (b) La Via Campesina and food sovereignty, that foster democratic decision making through a participatory process and the right of peoples to determine their agricultural and food policies.
The Center for Agroecology
and Sustainable Food Systems at the UC Santa Cruz campus is lightning bolts of fun.
Such an exchange has the potential to create a paradigm shift in both systems, enabling the development of an agroecology
that is optimally sustainable and consistent with the dual command of Gen.