AGROECOLOGY

Peasant Agroecology is a way of life

Peasant agroecology supports life-enriching systems and opposes life-alienating systems. It creates innovative solutions to the major environmental, social, economic and political challenges we are facing today. It is a living practice, science and political- and social movement, build and fostered by people over thousands of years. Over all those years it has proven to be the most just, fair and durable way of sustaining (human) life on planet Earth. Peasant agroecology strives for the upliftment of all living beings. It deeply connects us with our inner feelings and our relationships to others and to our natural environment and thus creates a balanced society within a healthy world.

Ecologically

Peasant agroecology works together with nature and not against her. Peasant agroecology sees food producers as well as consumers as part of nature, part of the web of life, and not as mere dominating (ab)users. Peasant agroecology recognises that a healthy living soil forms the essential basis of all life on earth. Peasant agroecology does not support the use of GMO crops, patents over seeds, plants and animals, and the use of agrochemicals. Peasant agroecology celebrates (bio)diversity and avoids monocultures and exterminations of living communities.

Economically

Peasant agroecology is based on the principles of a solidarity economy, with local and circular solutions like short chain food systems where the small-scale food producers are fairly rewarded for their work

Politically

Peasant agroecology puts the rights of small-scale food producers as a priority on the agenda. All small scale food producers should have free use and right of decisions over seeds, land and the commons like water, air, culture and knowledge. Peasant agroecology permanently challenges the structures of power in society and transforms the power of domination into a leadership by those who care best for the whole.

Scientifically

Peasant agroecology has contributed since the beginning of agricultural practices to the knowledge and understanding of growing food in relationship with our living environment. Peasant agroecology respects diverse and regional knowledge. Learning processes are farmer-to-farmer based and often intergenerational.

Socially

Peasant agroecology forms a movement in which all people are seen as equal and important. Peasant agroecology creates a dynamic in which the importance of fully and equally participation of women are fundamental and in which the youth are seen as our stewards of life for future generations. The movement resists life-alienating systems and helps transform them into life-enriching systems.

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