Inderscience Publishers

Agroecology to the rescue of food security and germplasm conservation in a global market economy

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The chronic crisis affecting modern agriculture is indicating that the present paradigm of food production may not be viable in the long term to insure food security on a global scale, despite the brilliant outcomes achieved through the last several decades. Dwindling fossil fuel resources are exacerbating an ongoing crisis that has been lingering since the early 1970s. A recent enthusiasm to revamp agriculture in the mid-west region of the USA is focusing on ethanol production from corn (Zea mays) to suffice for the need of biofuels but this trend has significantly affected food costs. A presentation of the latest review in agroecological research is offered in this work in order to persuade stakeholders in agriculture about the viability of agroecology to serve as a vehicle for achieving food security and sustainability.

Keywords: agroecology, biofuels, biomass, biotechnology, GMO foods, renewable energy, sustainability, sustainable development, food security, germplasm conservation, genetically modified foods, food costs

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