Here at CASCAID, we always aim to provide our users with the very latest careers information. This includes providing details about new and emerging careers.
Agroecology is one such emerging career. But what is it all about?
Agroecology involves the study of how ecology can benefit agricultural production systems – how we grow our food. It will help us to develop new improved ways of growing our food. It will also help to maintain the ecological balance of the environment.
As an Agroecologist, you will work with Farmer Managers and Rewilders to design and manage agricultural ecosystems. Your aim will be to create an effective and sustainable means of producing the food and environmentally friendly biofuel crops of the future!
Agroecology has identified four targets which an agro-ecosystem should aim for:
- Productivity – how can agroecology improve productivity without harming the environment?
- Stability – how stable are these new ecosystems?
- Sustainability – how can these new ecosystems remain diverse and productive and yet beneficial to the environment as a whole?
- Equitability – making sure that the correct number of different species are included within the new ecosystem.
Agroecologists are not against using technology. Sometimes it can be used alongside natural methods of farming and ecology.
The sort of projects you could be working on include:
- Planting ‘green manures that help to put nutrients into the soil
- Planting helpful ‘weeds’, which invite insects that help the crops and repel harmful insects
- Re-introducing native species to repair the damage to the eco-system caused by bad farming methods
- Intercropping – planting two or more non-competing crops close to each other. This will make the most of the available sunlight and water
- Introducing a solar powered drip irrigation system. This will feed water directly to the roots of the plants
- Creating beneficial ‘micro-climates. To do this you will plant trees and shrubs among the crops, to benefit the plants.
Specialist first degree and postgraduate courses in ecology are available at a number of universities. Some ecology degree courses may have specialist units on Agroecology or a related area.
- Harper Adams University offers a postgraduate degree in Agroecology.
- Coventry University offers a postgraduare degree in Agroecology and Food Security.
Check out their websites for more details.
So there you have it – the Agroecologist. It really does sound like an exciting career, and one which will appeal to many people, from different backgrounds.
Keep an eye out for future emerging career details, errrr in the future…….on this blog!