Agroecology in Action: Extending Alternative Agriculture by Keith Douglass Warner PDF

By Keith Douglass Warner

American agriculture has doubled its use of insecticides because the book of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. Agriculture is the nation's prime explanation for non-point-source water pollution--runoffs of insecticides, nutrition, and sediments into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. In Agroecology in motion, Keith Douglass Warner describes agroecology, an rising clinical reaction to agriculture's environmental crises, and provides distinct case stories of how in which growers, scientists, agricultural firms, and public organizations have built leading edge, ecologically dependent thoughts to minimize reliance on agrochemicals.Agroecology in motion exhibits that agroecology may be placed into motion successfully simply whilst networks of farmers, scientists, and different stakeholders research jointly. Farmers and scientists and their organisations needs to paintings collaboratively to percentage knowledge--whether it really is derived from farm, laboratory, or industry. this type of partnership, writes Warner, has emerged because the fundamental technique for discovering possible choices to traditional agrochemical use. Warner describes winning agroecological projects in California, Iowa, Washington, and Wisconsin. California's big and various specialty-crop agriculture has already produced 32 agricultural partnerships, and Warner will pay specific consciousness to agroecological efforts in that kingdom, together with these below manner within the pear, winegrape, and almond farming systems.The booklet indicates how well known difficulty concerning the well-being and environmental affects of insecticides has assisted in shaping agricultural environmental coverage, and the way coverage has in flip influenced artistic ideas from scientists, extension brokers, and growers.

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Participants had hoped to completely eliminate the need for organophosphates, but had to settle for dramatically reducing them. Rachel’s Dream 13 The Randall Island Project’s success built on the first IPM research in pears. During the early 1970s, pear growers in the Sacramento region had used as many as 14 active ingredients, most of them hazardous. This attracted the attention of early pear IPM researchers, then funded by the US Department of Agriculture, which began funding IPM projects after the pesticide controversies stirred up by Silent Spring.

Latour insists that to truly understand science one has to follow scientists through society and observe them as (social) actors, in action, and this book derives its title from his work. ” Knowledge, therefore, serves as an incentive, piquing the interest of the scientist and others with the possibility of rewards. 5). ’”46 For Latour, scientific knowledge is more powerful and more persuasive as it flows through society. He rejects the portrayal of science as an activity that is more real because it is “pure,” isolated from contaminating social interests; instead, he proposes science as a beating heart at the center of a circulatory system of arteries and veins, pumping knowledge as though it were oxygen through tissue.

Scientists are now proposing agroecology and its integrated systems approach as the best framework for preventing pollution and protecting environmental resources while ensuring an economic return for growers. The scientific institutional obstacles facing this integrated farming system approach—and public interest strategies to surmount them—is the chief topic of the next chapter. Latour’s model of science will serve as a guide for interpreting the controversies we will encounter. 2 Agroecology in America: An Integrated System of Science and Farming Reversing the Logic Mike Cannell recognized that his conventional dairy farming system just wasn’t working any more.

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