where soil, community, individual and planetary health come together
While many of the publications and sources on agroecology highlighted here in the Compass are inspiring and excellent resources, it is important to remember that the transformative vision of agroecology is also implicitly tied to wider movements of people struggling for social transformation in other domains of action. From this perspective, readers should consider putting their practices and views on agroecology into conversation with complementary movements that can help to deepen the political understandings and dimensions of agroecology. Readers are invited to connect with the wide body of thinking, scholarship and action in fields such as decoloniality, solidarity and sharing economies, feminism, degrowth and post-development alternatives.
These approaches can help to expand the horizons and challenge the assumptions of those advancing agroecology by viewing the world through feminist, anti-capitalist, decolonial, post-developmental, non-Western and other lenses. These perspectives are not always at the centre of agroecology, which often has different starting points, but are on arguably similar journeys. Linking agroecology to these sister struggles can help to question the ‘development-mindset’ often found in articulations of agroecology that emanate from institutions, NGOs, politicians and researchers. These critical perspectives can deepen agroecology and, by linking to these other movements, can forge solidarities needed to build momentum in transformative processes for a more just and sustainable world.