Agroecologists do not always agree about what agro...

       Agroecologists do not always agree about what agroecology is or should be in the long term. Different definitions of the term agroecology can be distinguished largely by the specificity with which one defines the term “ecology”, as well as the term’s potential political connotations. Definition of agroecology, therefore may be first grouped according to the specific contexts within which they situate agriculture. Agroecology is defined as “the study of the relation of agricultural crops and environment. Following this definition, agroecologis would study agriculture’s various relationships with soil health, water quality, air quality, meso–and micro—fauna, surrounding flora, environmental toxins, and other environmental contexts.

       A more common definition of the word can be taken from Dalgaard et al., who refer agroecology as the study of the interactions between plants, animals, humans and environment within agricultural system. Consequently, agroecology is inherently multidisciplinary, including factor from agronomy, ecology, sociology, economics and related disciplines. In this case, the ‘-ecology” portion of “agroecology” is defined broadly to include social, cultural, and economic contexts as well.

       In global south, the term often carries overtly political connotations. Such political definitions of the term usually ascribe to it the goals of social and economic justice; special attention, in this case, is often paid to the traditional farming knowledge of indigenous populations. North American and European uses of the term sometimes avoid the inclusion of such overtly political goals. In these case, agroecology is seen more strictly as a scientific discipline with less specific social goals.


Based on passage above, if someone is a genuine agroecologist, he/she will likely......

  1. examine social, cultural, and economic aspects

  2. do research on environmental and political loads

  3. iclude scientific methodology in his/her approach

  4. put aside social aspects in his/her ecological studies

  5. make use of multidisciplinary analyses in his/her inquiry


Pada paragraf ke-2 dibahas mengenai definisi agroekologi yang meliputi berbagai disiplin ilmu (multidisciplinary), oleh karena itu, jika ada seorang agroekologis sejati maka seharusnya ia akan menggunakan berbagai konteks seperti social, cultural, economic, dan lainnya untuk mendukung penelitiannya, maka jawaban E yang paling tepat.




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