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Subtle agroecologies, farming with the hidden half of nature

Wright, Julia and Parrott, Nicholas (Eds.) (2021) Subtle agroecologies, farming with the hidden half of nature. Advances in Agroecology. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, UK.

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This book is about the invisible or subtle nature of food and farming, and also about the nature of existence. Everything that we know (and do not know) about the physical world has a subtle counterpart which has been scarcely considered in modernist farming practice and research. If you think this book isn’t for you, if it appears more important to attend to the pressing physical challenges the world is facing before having the luxury of turning to such subtleties, then think again. For it could be precisely this worldview – the one prioritises the physical-material dimension of reality - that helped get us into this situation in the first place. Perhaps we need a different worldview to get us out?
This book makes a foundational contribution to the discipline of Subtle Agroecologies, a nexus of indigenous epistemologies, multidisciplinary advances in wave-based and ethereal studies, and the science of sustainable agriculture. Not a farming system in itself, Subtle Agroecologies superimposes a non-material dimension upon existing, materially-based agroecological farming systems. Bringing together 43 authors from 12 countries and five continents, from the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities, this multi-contributed book introduces the discipline, explaining its relevance and potential contribution to the field of Agroecology.
Research into Subtle Agroecologies may be described as the systematic study of the nature of the invisible world as it relates to the practice of agriculture, and to do this through adapting and innovating with research methods, in particular with those of a more embodied nature, with the overall purpose of bringing and maintaining balance and harmony. Such research is an open-minded inquiry, its grounding being the lived experiences of humans working on, and with, the land over several thousand years to the present. By reclaiming and reinterpreting the perennial relationship between humans and nature, the implications would revolutionise agriculture, heralding a new wave of more sustainable farming techniques, changing our whole relationship with nature to one of real collaboration rather than control, and ultimately transforming ourselves.

EPrint Type:Book
Keywords:Subtle Agroecologies, indigenous, worldviews, biodynamics, electromagnetic, consciousness, spirit
Agrovoc keywords:
indigenous peoples' knowledge
biodynamic agriculture
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Indicators and other value-laden measures
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation:Other countries
Australia > Australian National University
Brazil > Other organizations
Switzerland > Goetheanum
Germany > KWALIS
France > Other organizations
Italy > Other organizations
South Africa
UK > Other organizations
UK > Univ. Coventry
USA > Other organizations
Switzerland > Other organizations
Germany > Other organizations
Netherlands > Other organizations
Australia > Other organizations
Deposited By: Wright, Dr Julia
ID Code:42438
Deposited On:26 Sep 2021 12:54
Last Modified:27 Feb 2023 14:14
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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