Agroecology and structural couplings with the financial system

Authors: Egon Noe*, University of Southern Denmark
Topics: Social Theory, Rural Geography, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Agroecology, Finance, food systems,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Despite the steady increasing focus on sustainable agriculture concerning, health, environment, landscape, biodiversity and rural livelihood, and more recent climate change, agriculture as a whole has moved towards a more and more industrialised way of farming. The discourses of greening, multi-functionality, and agroecology within the agronomic science, have not been able to change the global agro-food systems in the direction of agroecology. The literature is full of examples of alternative food networks, based on agro ecological ideas and principles but in a global perspective they are marginalised. Technologically and knowledge wise there is a huge potential for developing agroeclogical farming, so we have to look in other directions to find barriers for this development. The scholars of agroecology have widely focus on the farming systems as a sociotechnical system consisting of a farm and a farm family, explore how this system can be developed based on these principles. The main argument of this paper is, that we also have to focus on the structural couplings with other actors involved in the in the complex of agro food network, exploring how the farming systems, although self-organizing, increasingly become specialised mono-functional nodes in a wider agro-food-network. To support this line of argumentation we analyse the structural coupling of agriculture with the financial system as an empirical take to illustrate this wider systems connectivity.

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