Today we’re taking a look at agroecology, an approach to sustainable farming that emphasizes working with and even enhancing local ecosystems. Agroecology is changing the way food is produced, especially among smallholder farmers, around the globe. Listen here: The impacts of intensive or industrial agricultural practices have come under increasing scrutiny as the world seeks answers to global crises like climate change and biodiversity loss. Production of crops and livestock through industrial agriculture involves heavy use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and antibiotics, as well as other practices that deplete soil, degrade land, and mistreat animals while increasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Our first guest on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, Anna Lappé, tells us that it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead of fighting against nature to feed the world, we can work with nature to produce our food in a sustainable way that actually increases the fertility of farmland. Lappé is an expert on food systems and an author whose most recent book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. She’s here to tell us what exactly agroecological farming practices are, why they’re more healthy for the planet and people than industrial agricultural practices, and how they’re being adopted by smallholder farmers around the world. We’re also joined by Philippe Bujold, a behavioral scientist with the NGO Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment. He’s here to discuss how we can…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

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