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Veranstaltungen von Dr. Yann Boulestreau


Regenerative agriculture and Agroecology: A critical perspective on new paradigms and techniques to conciliate food production and ecosystem restoration (FSL) (Vorlesung)

Dozent/in: Yann Boulestreau

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 16:15 - 17:45 | 06.04.2022 - 08.07.2022 | C 14.201
Einzeltermin | Mi, 01.06.2022, 16:15 - Mi, 01.06.2022, 17:45 | extern | excursion

Inhalt: Agriculture is one of the major drivers of main sustainability issues such as biodiversity collapse, climate change, deforestation, reduction in freshwater resources and eutrophication (Campbell et al., 2019). This is rooted in farming practices with severe impacts on the ecosystems, such as the high use of artificial inputs (mineral fertilizer, pesticides), heavy tillage, simplification of the landscape and industrial animal husbandry. Pioneer farmers have developed alternatives agricultural systems for more than 30 years. Organic agriculture, agroecological systems, permaculture or regenerative agriculture, are being more and more promoted, putting forward agricultural practices producing food without or with minimal use of tillage, pesticides and mineral fertilizers. Yet, their ability to feed a growing population is set in question by many actors of the food system. With this course, I will (1) take the students through the origin of the conventional agriculture systems, their benefits and limits. (2) I will then present the paradigms underlying the alternative models that are proposed today, with a focus on regenerative agriculture and agroecology. (3) I will provide the students with the basic knowledge on the functioning of agroecosystems and food systems to enable them understanding in a critical way the debates around the different agricultural models. (4) Then, I will explain the practices promoted in regenerative/agroecological agriculture. (5) Finally, I will facilitate discussions among the students, based on their own research, on critical questions regarding these alternative agricultural models.