Agroecology not only encompasses aspects of ecology, but the ecology of sustainable food production systems, and related societal and cultural values. To provide effective communication regarding status and advances in this field, connections must be established with many disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, environmental sciences, ethics, agriculture, economics, ecology, rural development, sustainability, policy and education, or integrations of these general themes so as to provide integrated points of view that will help lead to a more sustainable construction of values than conventional economics alone. Such designs are inherently complex and dynamic, and go beyond the individual farm to include landscapes, communities, and biogeographic regions by emphasizing their unique agricultural and ecological values, and their biological, societal, and cultural components and processes.
List of Contributors and Biosketches of Editors and Authors
Future Visions for Experiential Education in the Agroecology Learning Landscape, (Francis et al. ) Abstract
1. Introduction: Current Perspectives in Agroecology Education
2. Historical Precedents for Experiential Learning
3. Theoretical Foundation for Systems Action Education
4. Building Components into Integrated Systems
5. Potentials for Experiential Distance Learning
6. Capacity-Building through Experiential Learning
7. Experiential Learning in Collaboration with Non-University Stakeholders
8. Successful Models of Experiential Systems Learning
9. Challenges and Opportunities for Experiential Learning in Universities and Colleges
10. Experiential Learning in Agroecology Learning Landscapes - Back to the Future
International Shifts in Agricultural Debates and Practice: An Historical View of Analyses of Global Agriculture (Feldman and Biggs) Abstract
1. Introduction: Drawing on the Past, Imagining the Future
2. The Red and Green Revolutions
3. The 1980s Turn: Toward a More Holistic Approach
4. The Changing Rural and Discursive Landscape of the 1990s and Moving Forward
5. Global Assessments
6. Food Policies and the Food System
7. Food Security and Food Sovereignty
8. Concluding Reflections
Sustainability Standards and Their Implications for Agroecology (Flora et al. ) Abstract
1. Introduction: Historical Evolution of Sustainability Standards
2. Comparison of Different Types of Sustainability Standards
3. Values and Norms: What Criteria are Used for Sustainability Standards and Indicators?
4. How Successful Are Sustainability Standards in Promoting Sustainability?
5. What is the Result of Competing Sustainability Standards? Does Competition Lead to More Stringent Standards or to Lowest Common Denominator Requirements?
6. Eco-Labeling and the Impact of Sustainability Standards on Consumers - What Happens When Proliferation of Sustainability Standards Occurs? Do They Lose Market Utility?
Water Sustainability and Politics - Examples from Latin America and Implications for Agroecology (Navarrete et al. ) Abstract
1. Introduction: Agroecology, Water and Sustainability
2. Moving the Agenda Forward: The Political Ecology of Water Sustainability
3. The Political Ecology of Water: A Case Study Analysis of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico