In five days, a bill will go through Parliament, a wonderful opportunity to get a national conversation growing on changing agricultural practice for the benefit of people and ecology and people as part of ecology. It may have little chance of passing, but heigh-ho, we’re all in this for the long haul! I learned about it from the World Development Movement blog.
The bill introduces concepts of animal welfare, food wastage, bio-diverstiy, pollution, good water practices, rural livelihoods and more. It’s great! Read the text of the bill here.
And here’s a basic definition of Agro-Ecology:
“Agroecology is the framework which will allow us to scientifically address multiple interrelated objectives of economic viability, social equity, and environmental integrity. An agroecosystem may be a field, a farm, or a larger region such as a river valley. Implicit in agroecological research and education is the idea that knowledge of ecosystem relationships will allow farmers to manage inputs and processes in agricultural production systems and thereby optimize for productivity, sustainability, stability and social equity.”
Thanks to this really interesting website for the quotation above as well as the graphic at the top.
This is the page from Campaign for Real Farming with explanation and a how-to-be-involved. If you are reading this in the UK, please contact your MP. Let’s get this conversation happening!