Just by the name, you can get an idea of what agroecology is. It’s all about farming systems that are sustainable in the sense that they work with the rest of nature to sustain crops. But practical agro-ecology? That’s something for the books and that’s something that we will discuss here in this article.
What is Agroecology?
You’ll find many books on agroecology being sold on the Internet. All of them have a common underlying theme: Teach readers sustainable farming practices. If you read any of these books, you will see that there are several practices that are currently being implemented by farmers all over the world. In these books, you will know everything there is to know to make your farm more sustainable.
One of the titles we recommend is Agroecology – The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems by Stephen R. Gliessman. But this is not the only book you will find on the subject. There are many more. And it will definitely be to your benefit if you look at the other books available.
How Practical is Agroecology?
The number of farmers implementing such sustainable farming practices is still small compared to the total number of farmers. But this is slowly changing with the help of organizations dedicated to agroecology.
The good thing about agro-ecology practices is that they are low-cost and you can implement it right away on your farm without hitting your bottom line. Still, there are many farmers out there who hesitate, mainly because of the unknown. While they know how much they can earn with what they are doing now, when they shift to more sustainable practices, profit becomes unknown. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that there is a lack of government support and the resources needed for environment-friendly farming practices is not widely available.
But if you are finding farming too expensive as a business venture, then you definitely should switch over to the more budget-friendly agroecology practices that suit the conditions of the soil and the kind of crops that they are growing.
How to find out more about Agroecology?
As we said earlier, there are many books on sustainable agro-ecology farming that you can read right now. Many of these resources are free, and so there is no excuse for you not to get started, unless if you are afraid of the unknown. But if you are ready, find a good book that will help you get started.
Whatever you do, make sure to buy a book that fully explains the different practices complete with a step-by-step action plan. A book should present you with several options as well as approaches for water management, crop protection, soil protection, organic pest control, and crop matching.
Agriculture has been our way of life for thousands of years, however, since farmers have become too profit-driven, it has lead to all sorts of problems, including non-productive soil from over farming one type of crop, among other problems. And there is the problem of pesticide-laced produce, leading to all sorts of health problems.
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Source: Institute of Ecolonomics
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