The EAAA performs a function not met by other farmer entities. Its base line reflects an ecological approach to food and fibre production. We are not organic although we align with the organic sentiment. The organic movement disallows chemicals no matter what.
The EAAA offers a transitional movement towards non-chemicals agriculture and as such a farm operation can gradually wean itself off chemicals and perhaps ultimately be non-chemical. At that point they can join the organic movement and become certified or stay registered as a member of the EAAA and trade within our framework.
The EAAA believes farming ecologically is the most appropriate road to producing healthy food and environment in a world beset with falling carbon reserves coupled with the dangers of climate change.
The EAAA also has a human ecology (or social ecology) approach which promotes the role of people and their world views as fundamental to managing change in natural resource management.
In the realm of ethics we seek to express our policy on a range of issues that exist outside our vision of how agriculture should be conducted.
With education we support programs that promote a more holistic approach to agriculture.
With the farming pillar we endorse regenerative agriculture and seek to promote it in all its guises.
“To build a sustainable society, we must first be willing to rethink our fundamental concepts of science, economics, and society. We must build a new sustainable society on the philosophical foundation of a new worldview, a new approach to science, a new economics of sustainability”
~ John Ikerd
We believe that ecology is the foundation stone of agriculture and that this science (which embraces its natural and social elements) needs to be the primary driver of all management decisions.
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