Agroecology could be defined as the application of principles that support the natural ecology to agricultural systems and practices, or the basket of activities undertaken by a farmer that works toward at least maintaining, but preferably enhancing, the natural systems on the farm.
Organic agriculture could be described as the practical application of systems and solutions to manage the challenges on the farm that expressly exclude the application and use of artificial chemicals.
It’s not necessarily as easy as that to separate the two terms because they can overlap, at least in terms of the philosophical approach to farming if not practical application.
In this Podcast, Alan Rosenberg and Matt Purkis discuss at least some of the aspects of this sometimes confusing relationship in an attempt to offer some clarity or at the very least some food for thought.
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