Technological Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture at a Crossroads: An Agroecological Perspective
AbstractMost efforts to improve agricultural production remain focused on practices driven by an intensification agenda and not by an agroecological one. Agroecology transcends the reformist notion of organic agriculture and sustainable intensification proponents who contend that changes can be achieved within the dominant agroindustrial system with minor adjustments or “greening” of the current neoliberal agricultural model. In the technological realm, merely modifying practices to reduce input use is a step in the right direction but does not necessarily lead to the redesign of a more self sufficient and autonomous farming system. A true agroecological technological conversion calls into question monoculture and the dependency on external inputs. Traditional farming systems provide models that promote biodiversity, thrive without agrochemicals, and sustain year-round yields. Conversion of conventional agriculture also requires major social and political changes which are beyond the scope of this paper. View Full-Text
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Altieri, M.A.; Nicholls, C.I.; Montalba, R. Technological Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture at a Crossroads: An Agroecological Perspective. Sustainability 2017, 9, 349.
Altieri MA, Nicholls CI, Montalba R. Technological Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture at a Crossroads: An Agroecological Perspective. Sustainability. 2017; 9(3):349.Chicago/Turabian Style
Altieri, Miguel A.; Nicholls, Clara I.; Montalba, Rene. 2017. "Technological Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture at a Crossroads: An Agroecological Perspective." Sustainability 9, no. 3: 349.
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