Yeva replied to the topic What is agroecology, and what is it not? in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 8 months, 4 weeks ago
If we look at the different ‘facts’ that we know about this farm and compare them to LVC’s definition of agroecology based on their message as was provided by the course, we can establish it’s not an agroecological farmer because agroecology doesn’t practice 1. monoculture farming, this farm only cultivates corn 2. does’t use seeds from large…[Read more]
Yeva replied to the topic Agrarian Social Movements in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 9 months ago
Agroecology has at its core the fight for food sovereignty, which cannot be achieved without autonomous control of land, resources and culture and what the reading described as “immaterial territory”. So to say it can go without, is to undermine the very idea of agroecology. However, it must be said that this ‘control’ is not simply a status quo o…[Read more]
Yeva replied to the topic Threats to Small Farmers Worldwide in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 9 months, 3 weeks ago
I found this question to be complicated, as ‘corporate influence’ is a large discussion in and of itself, as well as the topic of the (indirect) link between food systems and urban poverty.
This question can be answered in different ways, but for that I think it’s important to briefly think about what corporate influence on food systems means. T…[Read more]
Yeva replied to the topic The Foundations of Agroecology in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Can? Perhaps, but then it might not be agroecology anymore as I think activism and a search for social justice is at the core of agroecology and therefor making it inherently political.
I do not believe practice and politics should be separated in agroecology; it is what makes it so resilient and challenging. I think that in its focus…[Read more]
yevaj replied to the topic What is Agroecology? in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Agroecology is an umbrella term to indicate a large range of practices, a scientific discipline and a social movement. To me it offers answers, solutions and change in a way of thinking about farming, nature, produce and its interrelations. At its core its focussed on food sovereignty.
The movement challenges political and power relations, offers…[Read more]
I’m very happy I can still participate in this cohort, considering I only just found out about this course and therefor missed the deadline.
I’m a (natural) beekeeper and a farm-intern at a biodynamic farm in the Netherlands, one that is specialised in the production of fresh herbs. My mother is a peasant farmer in central Fra…[Read more]