Word of the day

Agrdsoecology Agrosoceology Agroecology an ecological approach to agriculture that views agricultural areas as ecosystems and is concerned with the ecological impact of agricultural practices;  scientific discipline that uses ecological theory to study, design, manage and evaluate agricultural systems that are productive but also resource conserving.

11 Responses to Word of the day

  1. robertguyton says:

    “agricultural areas as ecosystems”

    Most agricultural areas are severely degraded eco systems, near deserts, ecologically speaking. Forest-gardens and permaculture “areas” are the closest we get to eco systems as they should be, with their full component of organisms. For starters, the use of bio-cides in conventional agriculture makes a mockery of the idea of “agricultural areas as ecosystems”.


  2. farmerbraun says:

    No biocides in nature, right?
    Oh that’s right:in your fairyland words have different meanings.
    Climate change doesn’t mean change in the climate.
    And the Greens wonder why their bizarre cult fails to gain traction with the electorate.
    Keep it up Robert!


  3. JC says:

    TS, from the paper you quote..

    “The agroecologist views any farming system primarily with an ecologist’s eye; that is, it is not firstly economic (created for a commodity and profit), nor industrial (modeled after a factory).”

    Thats a fine concept.. provided someone else has done the hard yards of providing society with the necessities of fats, meats, protein and carbs in a managed and sustainable way. Your Best Friend (perhaps Forever) is fossil fuels.


    A sample..

    “The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of energy will price them out of the marketplace; and (3) that we cannot afford the climate consequences of burning them.

    These days, not one of the three arguments is looking very healthy. In fact, a more realistic assessment of our energy and environmental situation suggests that, for decades to come, we will continue to rely overwhelmingly on the fossil fuels that have contributed so dramatically to the world’s prosperity and progress.”



  4. Andrei says:

    The mistake people make when thinking about ecology is to believe that ecosystems are stable when they are not,

    They can give the appearance of stability over the span of a human lifetime or many lifetimes but eventually they will collapse – it is as inevitable as the sun rising in the East.

    This is why Triceratops no longer graze the Great Plains of North America of course, their vanishing absolutely having nothing to do with pesticides, herbicides, fossil fuel use or anything to do with the sins of wicked humanity at all.

    Those who write Ecology textbooks seek out examples of apparently stable ecosystems to illustrate their case and totally ignore naturally collapsing ones choosing instead to find cases where human activity is a contributing factor in their collapse or can be ascribed to being a contributing factor when it may not be a significant one.

    All very interesting stuff but not amenable to the soundbites favoured by politicians and their droogs


  5. “the use of bio-cides”, farmerbraun. The use. For someone who claims to be a reader, you missed those key words. The use or application of biocides, in the manner of the conventional farmer, is quite different from the presence of naturally occuring biocides. Difficult concept to grasp, I know, but now that you’ve had it explained, you’re up to speed.


  6. TraceyS says:

    Agrosoc*i*ology maybe?

    This Word-of-the-Day is confusing!


  7. TraceyS says:

    Judicious use of synthetic biocides, as with some continuing use of fossil fuel, will long be required. That’s why policy goals that say x% of farms to be organic by 20xx are utter nonsense, hopeless, and meaningless goals.

    I think most farmers use biocides judiciously because of a desire (or need) to minimise cost. Some are more (or less) judicious than others for a variety of quite valid reasons.


  8. homepaddock says:

    It’s not the word but my typos that are causing confusion,Tracey.


  9. Mr E says:

    To avoid typos can we just call it ‘agro’?


  10. TraceyS says:

    I’d prefer ‘agri’ (if at all possible).


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