Author: Fabio Caporali
Journal Title: Italian Journal of Agronomy
ISSN: 1125-4718 (Print); 2039-6805 (Online)
Publisher: PAGEPress Publications
A knowledge contribution is provided in order to understand agroecology as both a scientific discipline and a philosophical paradigm for promoting sustainability in agriculture. The peculiar character of agroecology as an applied science based on the systems paradigm is explored in the fields of research and tuition. As an organisational capability of connecting different hierarchical levels in accordance with the goal of sustainability, integration is shown as an emergent property of the evolution of agriculture as a human activity system.
Illustration Photo: Field research on agroecology (credits: Northwest College Agriculture / Flickr CC BY 2.0)