Subtle Agroecologies: Farming With the Hidden Half of Nature - Advances in Agroecology (Hardback)
  • Subtle Agroecologies: Farming With the Hidden Half of Nature - Advances in Agroecology (Hardback)

Subtle Agroecologies: Farming With the Hidden Half of Nature - Advances in Agroecology (Hardback)

Hardback 342 Pages / Published: 30/06/2021
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This book is about the invisible or subtle nature of food and farming, and also about the nature of existence. Everything that we know (and do not know) about the physical world has a subtle counterpart which has been scarcely considered in modernist farming practice and research. If you think this book isn't for you, if it appears more important to attend to the pressing physical challenges the world is facing before having the luxury of turning to such subtleties, then think again. For it could be precisely this worldview - the one prioritises the physical-material dimension of reality - that helped get us into this situation in the first place. Perhaps we need a different worldview to get us out?

This book makes a foundational contribution to the discipline of Subtle Agroecologies, a nexus of indigenous epistemologies, multidisciplinary advances in wave-based and ethereal studies, and the science of sustainable agriculture. Not a farming system in itself, Subtle Agroecologies superimposes a non-material dimension upon existing, materially-based agroecological farming systems. Bringing together 43 authors from 12 countries and five continents, from the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities, this multi-contributed book introduces the discipline, explaining its relevance and potential contribution to the field of Agroecology.

Research into Subtle Agroecologies may be described as the systematic study of the nature of the invisible world as it relates to the practice of agriculture, and to do this through adapting and innovating with research methods, in particular with those of a more embodied nature, with the overall purpose of bringing and maintaining balance and harmony. Such research is an open-minded inquiry, its grounding being the lived experiences of humans working on, and with, the land over several thousand years to the present. By reclaiming and reinterpreting the perennial relationship between humans and nature, the implications would revolutionise agriculture, heralding a new wave of more sustainable farming techniques, changing our whole relationship with nature to one of real collaboration rather than control, and ultimately transforming ourselves.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138339811
Number of pages: 342
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm


Subtle Agroecologies is a masterpiece which takes us into critical examination of aspects of the worlds of farming and food production that are usually hidden from view. With chapters inspired by classical philosophy, indigenous practice, ecological thought and the new physics, it opens up vital new areas for debate and practice, which are of deep significance for agriculture in a world of climate change. Essential reading for anyone concerned with new perspectives on the health of our planet.

- Dr Nicholas Campion, Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture, Director, Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture and Programme Director, MA Ecology and Spirituality, University of Wales, UK

In his novel, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams gives his hero the line "Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all." Some will consider the subject matter of this book unthinkable, undoable and possibly ineffable. Others, that the hidden half of nature has been too long in the shadows and that such an academically rigorous, reasoned and readable exposition is timely. The knowledge, insights and experiences set out in this book are profoundly important but in the face of the existential challenges to our planet and its societies there is an urgency for them to be disseminated, discussed and acted upon.

- Lawrence Woodward, O.B.E., Director, Whole Health Agriculture, Co-founder and former Director, The Organic Research Centre, UK

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