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Newsletter no 28 - Agroecology at a crossroads

Tuesday 13 December 2016, by Manu

Editorial - Agroecology as resistance and transformation: Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth

Illustration : Logo Escuela Campesina Multimedia

Suddenly agroecology is in fashion with everyone, from grassroots
social movements to the FAO, governments, universities and
corporations. But not all have the same idea of agroecology
in mind. While mainstream institutions and corporations for
years have marginalized and ridiculed agroecology, today
they are trying to capture it. They want to take what is useful
to them – the technical part – and use it to fine tune industrial
agriculture, while conforming to the monoculture model and to
the dominance of capital and corporations in structures of power.
Social movements, on the other hand, use agroecology to
challenge existing power structures – like land concentration and monopolies, to resist the multiple attacks on life in the countryside and on our Mother Earth, and as a tool for the social, economic,
cultural, political and ecological transformation of communities and territories. Their agroecology is merely technical, our agroecology
is political.
Agroecology has become a territory in dispute. It is essential that we build a consensus among our people’s movements of what it
means to us, of what we are defending. That is why we held the International Forum for Agroecology at Nyéléni in Mali in February
of 2015, and why we have been disputing agroecology in the recent series of agroecology forums hosted by FAO in Rome, the
Americas, Asia, Africa, China and Europe, even as we actively build agroecology in our territories.
Peter Rosset, La Via Campesina and Martín Drago, Friends of the Earth International

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- Agroecology at a crossroads

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