Agroecology: the ecology of sustainable food systems by Stephen R. Gliessman

By Stephen R. Gliessman

Offering the theoretical and conceptual framework for this turning out to be box, 'Agroecology' develops the certainty of environmental elements and complexities affecting agricultural plants and animals. --Provided by means of publisher.

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In nearly all cases, realizing investors’ plans means removing the people living on and farming the land, often violently and usually without consultation or compensation (Geary 2012). Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems As a result of these and other trends, rural people—once able to feed themselves adequately and sell surplus food to city dwellers—now make up the most food-insecure group worldwide. It is estimated that 80% of the world’s hungry live in rural areas (Mikhail 2012).

Cities—which will continue to provide homes for a large number of the world’s people—will be supplied with food less by global markets and more by agroecosystems in the surrounding region and in the cities themselves. Agricultural knowledge will exist primarily in the public domain, where it will be widely dispersed and embodied more in farmers’ practices than in technological products and systems. Farmers will be rewarded for the environmental services that their farms provide beyond the production of food.

This statistic indicates that the unequal distribution of food—which is both a cause and a consequence of global ­inequality—is at least as serious a problem as the threats to global food production. Since hunger, poverty, and inequality existed before the rise of industrial agriculture in the latter half of the 1900s, it is tempting to argue that global inequality is unrelated to industrial agriculture—that it has separate causes. While some causes are indeed separate, it is also true that industrial agriculture perpetuates and accentuates existing relationships of inequality.

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