Ecological agriculture is seen as especially relevant to the urban setting. The introduction in rural settings of ecological practices is still debated, although it seems that the call for the coexistence of both conventional and ecological farming in an adequate mix seems to be the best option. This begs the question of whether similar arguments apply to the urban setting and which lessons can be learned for urban agriculture.
Ideas on ecological agriculture differ and various concepts exist. Its simplest definition is understood as an agricultural system that is based on ecological principles and applying ecological practices to maintain soil fertility, to manage crop and animal health, and to keep soil and water in a good condition. Others may give the simple explanation of it being agriculture without the use of chemical inputs (e.g., synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, or hormones). Yet others see it as much more than that and, for instance, understand it as a vision on healthy products and as a way of life.
The discussion in this Urban Agriculture Magazine is not just about definitions, but focuses on the process of “ecologising” urban agriculture and its relevance for sustainable urban development.
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