Agroecology: a cure for the pandemic? Covid-19 isn’t the only crisis we’re going through. As we’ve been saying for a long time, Covid-19 has has exacerbated other crises that we were already facing. Among them, the environmental crisis. And the social crisis.
In truth, Covid-19 is a symptom of our global food system and a capitalist economic system in crisis. Agroecology is one of the only realistic solutions we have to confront this pandemic from the point of view of food production.
Agroecology is nourished by the knowledge of farmers and indigenous peoples, and forms a dialog among traditional knowledge systems. On the one hand we have the contribution of Western science, the academic sciences. But perhaps the driving force of agroecological theory is in the ancestral knowledge of farming communities and indigenous communities that,, in Latin America for example, have co-existed with their natural environment for at least 5000 years.
This reflection by Miguel Altieri invites us to look beyond the Covid-19 crisis and observe the fundamental principles that regulate nature. Because it’s in these principles that we may find the solution we’re looking for. Altieri is a Chilean agronomist and entomologist, recognized by many as the Father of Agroecology. He’s a Professor at the University of California and has published over 200 scientific papers, as well as numerous books, including Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture.
The Food Talks are new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it. The full episode with Andrea Pieroni will be released on December 10.
Ph. Christopher D. Cook
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