What is agroecology? Agroecology is defined as “the application of ecological concepts to the design and management of sustainable agro-ecosystems” (Silici, 2014). The principles of agroecology are increasingly gaining traction as a means to building agri system sustainability and resilience, reducing dependence on costly chemical inputs, and building productivity at the farm level through the production of a diverse range of products (Silici, 2014). Read more
To the casual observer on a trip through the countryside, the idea that farming inherently degrades the environment may seem counter-intuitive. After all, we escape to the rural parts of the country in order to “return to nature” and experience a gentler and a more environmentally wholesome way of life, particularly when compared to that which we experience in urban/industrial settings – we go to the country to get away from the smokestacks, smog, traffic and pollution.But beneath the verdant appearance of our agricultural landscapes, the same system features that manifest in the “ills” we associate with urban/industrial settings are very much present and at work.
Carbon emissions of grain farming in the Western Cape
ANALYSIS: Is South African agriculture really dominated by big commercial farms? Evidence suggests not https://t.co/hecgSBIsdR (via )
1.6% decrease in dam levels. Avg. level at 57.4%. Consumption: Urban = 39%. Agriculture = 61%. Avg daily water use: 633 Ml/day. Target: 650 Ml/day. @Confrontclimate @AgriWesKaap @WCGovAgri