What is Agroecology?

Agroecology is a relatively new discipline that is still working out the details of its transdisciplinary identity and broad societal relevance. The fundamental goals of agroecology are to sustain production, conserve natural resources, and maintain social equity. To meet these goals, practitioners of agroecology seek to promote biodiversity and resilience in agricultural systems while maintaining viable production and fair livelihoods. Agroecologists perceive their goals and solutions through the lens of systems thinking and analysis. Many UF faculty and Florida residents engage in agroecology-related issues and activities regularly, but remain unaware or unclear of the discipline. The “What is Agroecology?” Extension program is designed to break this conceptual barrier and provide a suite of resources to the general public that improve the appreciation of the broad relevance of the discipline.