SYMP 16-1
A historical account of agroecology as a science, a practice, and a movement

Thursday, August 13, 2015: 8:00 AM
307, Baltimore Convention Center
Stephen Gliessman, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Agroecology is the participatory action and change that brings sustainability, security, equity, and resilience to all parts of the food system - from ecological, to economic, to social components.  To do this, agroecology must simultaneously function as a science, as productive practice, and as a social movement.  I will review the historical roots of agroecology in ecosystem science and cultural ecology, and how the agroecosystem concept became to be known as a purposeful system where humans design and manage food systems with sustainability as the ultimate goal. 


A process for guiding and evaluating the changes needed to transform food systems using agroecology is based in a holistic, ecosystem view of food system sustainability.