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Agriculture 3.0 or (Smart) Agroecology?

By Francesco Ajena, P2P Foundation Blog

While transforming food and agriculture to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is becoming increasingly urgent, ‘smart farming’ appears to many as an attractive way to achieve sustainability, not least in terms of profit. In the European Commission’s plan, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is intended to fund the huge investments this 3.0 agri-revolution would require. In a context of changing environment and agriculture, this vision seems to be fitting with the need for modernising and making agriculture ‘climate-smart’. But what are the risks and the real opportunities behind this vision? Could synergies between agroecology and digital tools be found to satisfy the needs of modernisation while ensuring the independence of farmers and a legitimate use of public funds? This article is also available in audio as part of the Green Wave podcast. Increasingly, ‘smart farming’ has been making its way into farms across Europe and onto the political agenda....

The Children in Permaculture Manual

Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual: Review

By Matt Willer, Permaculture Association

This was an inspirational book which, page after page, was extremely thought provoking and a very helpful guide to any adult who wishes to engage children with permaculture. The Children in Permaculture Manual has been written by people who not only see the world through the permaculture lens, but also know exactly how, through thoughtful pedagogy, children can be engaged to see through this lens too. It clearly explains the paramount message that children are today growing up in a world with many ecological uncertainties. I particularly found the line: ‘It is time when society needs to accept feedback from Earth and to respond to it’ very thought provoking. The Children in Permaculture Manual is a fantastic example of how the 21st century needs to be the century of big transitions towards finding sustainable solutions. Clearly, by empowering children with permaculture, with its three ethics of ‘Earth Care, People Care and...