Agroecology: Polysemy, pluralism and controversies

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In recent years, a growing number of actors and institutions, in different countries, have begun using the notion of Agroecology, which has led to an expansion of its polysemy and its controversies. Taking this into account, this paper analyzes, based on the Brazilian and French experiences, the peculiarities of Agroecology in four different fields: science, social movements, government policies, and education. It also discusses three other issues: the analytical, programmatic and normative discourses; the different definitions, in the fields of science and education, of the object of study of Agroecology; and the different formulations regarding its fundamental principles. It is argued that, in this new context, recognition of this pluralism and the controversies acquires a central role in the construction of knowledge in the various fields linked to Agroecology.




Norder, L. A., Lamine, C., Bellon, S., & Brandenburg, A. (2016). Agroecology: Polysemy, pluralism and controversies. Ambiente e Sociedade, 19(3), 1–20.

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