What is agroecology?
Agroecology is a holistic approach that works with nature, using both ecological and social principles in the design and management of food and agricultural systems. Agroecology combines science, practice and social movement. As a hybrid field of study and action, it is particulary with respect to the social and political dimensions that have co-evolved with the food sovereignty movmenet which leads many to advocate for agroecology as a fundamentally transformative paradigm able to address a multitude of ecological and social crises through helping remake the world.
changing the food system
As environmental and climate-related catastrophes accelerate, the agrifood system has received a lot of scrutiny due to its heavy contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of environmental degradation. New and revised models and tools intended to feed the world’s growing population are plentiful, virtually all drawing on some version of "sustainability." Agroecology is embroiled in these efforts to make a course correction, with frictions between whether agroecology is used principally for its technical elements to simply reform and update the agrifood system or whether it is mobilized as a multi-dimensional approach oriented towards a paradigm shift.
creating markets for agroecology
Reclaiming stories about food and wellbeing are as fundamental to a truly sustainable food system as building healthy soil. We will work closely with you using a unique participatory tool called a Value Web to help amplify agroecological practices and design market strategies for your products which fairly and creatively elevate social ties and mutual appreciation in the marketplace. Such narratives are essential to create new paradigms for exchange and economies that favour greater solidarity and sustainability.