TTravelling around Suffolk to interview smallholders on their places I became very aware that these smallholdings were like little islands of complex eco- systems managed for the benefit of the wild life as well as for the people who live there. They were like jewels. When I encountered hamlets where there were groups of small houses with gardens they seemed to sing with an energy emanating from the ground. This made me aware of the important role we play in shaping the landscape through our own efforts and sensitivities. I became aware that there was more going on than making sure you farmed for ecology. That there was a social and political aspect too.  Who owns the land  and what are they doing with it? Is it managed as we the people who live here would like? Is the story that we need to keep increasing productivity to feed the world the only story to be told? What is wrong with small scale production?

I came across Agroecology. The study of  the interactions between plants, animals and humans. About thinking about agronomy, sociology, economics and history interact.  How we need to start thinking harder about food systems -  internationally. 

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