Agro-ecology: the potential path to Wellbeing18/06/2018, 18:01
gro ecology, ecology, society, well being
In addition to farming practices, agro-ecology is considered to be the radical Middle Path to the development of well-being societies.
Inaddition to farming practices, agro-ecology is considered to be the radicalMiddle Path to the development of well-being societies. Last Friday (8), at theInternational Forum for Well-being, the speakers indicates how agro-ecology canchange the current system.
Inour modern world, liberalism and socialism are two political systems drivenrespectively by ideas of freedom and equality. Communism is a form of socialist ownership of theresources or the means of production by the state. By contrast, in capitalism,the resources or the means of production lies with a private owner.
As a result, in communism the profit ofany enterprise is equally shared by all the people, whereas in a capitaliststructure the profit belongs to one private owner, only. Reflected in theagricultural systems, state farming vs. corporate farming never go together.
According to Mr.Hans Van Willenswaard, Advisor of School for Well-being at the International Forum for Wellbeing we should find a "third-way" mixingsocialism and liberalism. "Well-beingsociety based on agroecology as its core agency to care for the Earth,including Humanity. Agroecological farming is one of our best hopes forbuilding Well-being society in which all world citizens are equal trustees ofthe Earth", he said.
Agro-ecologists study not only farmingpractices but also the effects of those practices in communities as well aseconomic constraints. A concern mostly to socio-cultural and political means, agro-ecology is a diversification ofagricultural systems and local economies; social support networks forsmall-scale farmers, rural communities and indigenous peoples that reducesocio-economic and political instability.
In another words, it’s a social movementused to preserve small-scale farmers’ access to land and rural communities,besides the Indigenous knowledge of growing food and the government’s need tomove away from large-scale agriculture in order to better feed the world andprotect nature.
By Ngoc-Tram NGUYEN