“The food you eat can be either the safest
and most powerful form of medicine
or the slowest form of poison.”
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops,
but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
“For the true measure of agriculture is not the sophistication
of its equipment, the size of its income or even the statistics
of its productivity, but the good health of the land.”
“Every human being should have the greatest
possible interest in bees, because human life
is far more dependent on bees than we imagine.”
“Food security is not just having access
to adequate food. It is also having access
to culturally appropriate food.”
Welcome to Researching Agroecology
“A healthy agriculture is the basis of a healthy culture and a healthy culture implies a healthy agriculture” – Wolf D. Storl, Culture and Horticulture
“We live in a world where hunger is still a widespread and sad reality while at the same time many individuals struggle with the effects of an overabundance of food”
– Farmer & Student on the Researching Agroecology course
Is our agriculture healthy? Is our culture healthy?
Are you concerned about either of these? or both of them?
We believe that much of our current agricultural practice is not healthy and is in need of renewal. By this we mean not only food production and food security – which are issues that affect us all – but food culture. What do we mean by food culture? Food culture means the way that we value, share, and consume food. It includes the way that we buy and sell food, gift food, waste food, under or over produce food, celebrate or debase food.
In food culture we are all consumers. Whether we do this consciously or not, we all take part in the production and consumption of food and in doing so we also take part in the consumption and care of the resources – natural and human – that go into the production of food.
This course invites research and social innovation in the furthering of a culture that supports good food and food that supports healthy culture. Whether you are an urban gardener with a few plants in pots or a farmer with a sizeable acreage, a chef or a shopper this course could be for you. Whether you deal with finance or policy, preparation or preserving you could contribute to a global food revolution by undertaking research as transformative practice.Find out more