Agroecology: Insights, Experiences and Perspectives

Altemir José Mossi (Editor)
Laboratory of Agroecology, Federal University of Fronteira Sul, Brazil

Claudia Petry (Editor)
Laboratory of Land Use and Natural Resources, University of Passo Fundo, Campus I, Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Francisco Wilson Reichert Junior (Editor)
Centro de Ciencias Agarias, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003000

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It is known that conventional agriculture with the use of inputs and agrochemicals is not sustainable in time, causing numerous problems such as contamination of food, people and environment. Thus, agriculture must adapt to cause the least possible impact to the environment and to human beings. In this context, agroecology enters as an alternative to conventional production, being a production system more ecologically correct, not allowing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Agroecological and organic systems are responsible for the production of food with less use of inputs external to the property, requiring a more efficient management of the vegetation cover and nutrient cycling.

In addition, the use of genetically modified organism (GMO) is not allowed in agroecology, and crops of commercial interest such as corn are widely sold with these technologies, in this sense landraces seeds are an interesting option for this type of agriculture. Agroecology allows the production of safer food, resulting in more food security for the producer and consumer. Even though agriculture is more environmentally friendly, many challenges are faced by producers, fragile legislation, lack of products and specific technical assistance and marketing. In this sense, this book will seek to discuss the main aspects related to agroecology and the challenges it faces such as commercialization, certification, the importance of agrobiodiversity for agroecology, on crops and food security, social organizations that promote and encourage this type of agriculture, biological control in agroecology, homeopathy and food security.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Public Policies in Agroecology
(Francisco Roberto Caporal and Manuel González de Molina, Department of Education, Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 2. Agroecology as an Ecological and Peasant Development Project: The Work of Non-Governmental and Social Organizations in Structuring (Re)Existence Arrangements
(Márcio Freitas Eduardo, Tatiana Deane de Abreu Sá, Maria de Nazaré Ghirardi, Vicenzino Ghirardi,
Vitor Hugo Hollas, Ingrid Margarete Giesel, José Manuel Patrício Palazuelos Ballivián, Jacky Debin, Pierre Métivier, Cassio Brancaleone, Everton de Moraes Kozenieski, Jéssica Mulinari, Francisco Wilson Reichert Júnior and Altemir José Mossi, Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul, Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, and others)

Chapter 3. Organic Production in Brazil: Participatory Certification Systems, Official Regulation and Its Situation in the World
(Ivo Severino Macagnan, José Cleber Dias de Souza, Jéssica Mulinari and Altemir José Mossi, Agroecology Support and Promotion Center, Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, and others)

Chapter 4. Agroecology and Markets: Where Are We Going?
(Oscar José Rover, Pablo Saravia Ramos and Dayana Lilian Rosa Miranda, Santa Catarina Federal University, Florianópolis, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 5. Diversity of Crops Conserved by Family Farmers in the Extreme West of Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil
(Francisco Wilson Reichert Júnior, Rosenilda de Souza, Tassiane Terezinha Pinto, Otávio Rechsteiner Maghelly, Rose Mari Seledes, Linda Nataly Vasquez Avila and Juliana Bernardi Ogliari, Federal University of Santa Catarina - UFSC, Florianópolis, Brazil)

Chapter 6. Agroforestry Systems
(Moacir José Sales Medrado, Miroslava Rakocevic, José Ribamar Furtado de Souza and Helenice Cesar Brito da Silva, Medrado e Consultores Agroflorestais Associados Ltda, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 7. Agroecological Efficient Microorganisms
(Aline Frumi Camargo, Thamarys Scapini, Karina Paula Preczeski, Fabiane Czapela, Charline Bonatto, Alessandro Ulrich, Alfredo Castamann, Gislaine Fongaro, Altemir José Mossi and Helen Treichel, Laboratory of Microbiology and Bioprocess, Federal University of Fronteira Sul, Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 8. Applications of Homeopathy in Agroecology: Scientific Research and Field Experience
(Tarita Cira Deboni, Tatiani Alano Modolon, Alexandre Mendonça, Denise Cargnelutti, Thamarys Scapini and Cláudia Petry, Curso de Agronomia, Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul, Campus Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and others)
Chapter 9. Food (In)Security, Agrochemicals, New Biotechnologies and Democracy
(Cláudia Petry, Mara Regina Tagliari Calliari, Leonardo Melgarejo, Gabriel Bianconi Fernandes, Naiara Andreoli Bittencourt and Murilo Mendonça Oliveira de Souza, 1Postgraduate Program in Agronomy, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 10. Agroecology and Education: Dialogues and Possibilities
(Denilson da Silva, Leandro Carlos Ody, Matheus Fernando Mohr, Aline Frumi Camargo and Naira Estela Roesler Mohr, Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul, Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and others)

Index

“It was a great pleasure to know about the present work that seeks to re-establish the link between human life and living soil, its ecological relations, bringing experiences of family producers from southern Brazil and other Brazilian regions, populations linked to land and nature. As well as current legislation, the important activities of NGOs, organic certifications, biodiversity, agroforestry systems, the use of microorganisms, homeopathy. Surely this work will interest readers who have already realized that they need to improve their way of seeing and practicing agricultural activity in an ecosystemic, syntropic, holistic, resilient, natural context, with its numerous environmental services essential to ensure superior life, including ours.” - Ana Primavesi, Agronomist, Retired Teacher at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Agroecological Consultant Patron of Agroecology in Brazil

"While Latin America remains (largely) "enferma de tranquilidad" about the increasing use of pesticides, this book is important because it shows that there is another way to reduce environmental contamination and protect people's health. This way is agroecology." - Rodrigo Valdez de Oliveira, Coordinator of Gaucho Forum against the impacts of pesticides / FGCIA, Brazil Federal Prosecutor

“This magnificent work was born in the cradle of the United Soybean Republic in disputed territories. In it, you understand the diametrical and temporal between the near and distant future.” - Sebastião Pinheiro, Professor Juquira Candiru Satyagraha

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