Agroecology is a fairly recent, emerging interdisciplinary science that combines agricultural sciences with ecology and ecosystems health management. It also incorporates an understanding of other systems of agriculture including indigenous systems and newer alternative systems like biodynamics, permaculture and nature farming. Furthermore, agroecology studies the cultural, social and economic dimensions of agriculture.

In brief agroecology is

  • an understanding of agriculture through the science of ecology
  • the application of ecological principles to agricultural management
  • the emerging, full-spectrum science of sustainable agriculture

To quote Miguel Altieri (see link below):

“Agroecology is a scientific discipline that uses ecological theory to study, design, manage and evaluate agricultural systems that are productive but also resource conserving.”

For starters: here are some important links to other sites that deal with agroecology.

Also, check out my agroecology links page.

Agroecology In Action / Dr. Miguel Altieri’s page(s)
http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/~agroeco3/

The Santa Cruz Agroecology Program/Farm
http://www.ucsc.edu/general_info/vtour/farm.html