- On this episode we talk about agroecology, which applies ecological principles to agricultural systems and is considered an important strategy for both mitigating and adapting to global climate change as well as a solution to a number of the other ecological crises we’re facing.
- Dr. Maywa Montenegro (assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz) joins us to discuss Agroecology as a Science, a Practice, and a Movement.
- We also talk with Dr. Vandana Shiva whose brand-new book synthesizes decades worth of agroecology research.
- Dr. Shiva explains how agroecology can be used to address climate change and other ecological crises that humanity faces, including water scarcity, land degradation and biodiversity loss.
Today we’re talking about agroecology, which applies ecological principles to agricultural systems and is considered to be a key strategy for both mitigating and adapting to global climate change, as well as being a solution to a number of the other ecological crises we’re facing and food security.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in the third and final section of its latest review of climate science, released last month, that the threats posed by climate change are worse than ever and that while the window for taking action to avert the worst impacts of global warming may still be open, it won’t be for much longer. In a subsequent Special Report on Climate Change and LandThe IPCC called for policymakers’ adoption of a number of steps to address the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on ecosystems, land use, and sustainable land management. This includes agroecology (and its tree-centric cousin agroforestry).
Mongabay responds by publishing a series of special features by bestselling author Anna LappéAbout the power and promise that agroecology holds. For the First installment of the series, Lappé spoke with numerous experts about the growing agroecological movement, including University of California, Santa Cruz professor Maywa MontenegroWe are joined by, who joins us for a discussion on agroecology both as a science and practice and as a movement.
We also speak today to Dr. Vandana ShivaA Right Livelihood Award recipient, defender of food sovereignty and well-known proponent for agroecology, was a winner of the prestigious Her brand-new book. Agroecology & Regenerative Agriculture: Sustainable Solutions to Hunger, Poverty and Climate ChangeThe book combines decades of agroecology knowledge and practice. Dr. Shiva shares how agroecology is an effective solution not just to climate change but also to a host of other ecological crises we’re facing, such as water scarcity, land degradation, and biodiversity loss.
• ”From traditional practice to top climate solution, agroecology gets growing attention” by Anna Lappé (13 April 2022)
• Carlisle, L., Montenegro de Wit, M., DeLonge, M. S., Iles, A., Calo, A., Getz, C., … & Press, D. (2019). To transition to sustainable agriculture, you must grow and sustain an ecologically-skilled workforce. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 1996. doi:10.3389/fsufs.2019.00096
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