What are the principles of agrobiology?

Published on : 18 March 20203 min reading time

Organic or agrobiological agriculture has the particularity of being governed by certain general principles and certification programs. Its concept is therefore to put a full emphasis on the market to promote its products through labels, which means having a well legal protection. The basic principles are then the roots with which organic farming will develop, especially in terms of health.

The principle of health, what it means for agrobiology

Organic agriculture has the obligation to support and enhance the health of the soil, animals, plants, people and the planet as a whole. This principle demonstrates that the health of the earth’s inhabitants and communities must not be separated from the health of ecosystems. A healthy soil will produce a healthy crop to give better health to living things. Health is the totality of living systems. It is not just the absence of disease, but also the maintenance of the physical, social and mental well-being of the ecology. Immunity, regeneration and resilience are the key options for health. The function of agrobiology, at the level of production, preparation, processing, distribution or consumption, is to improve the health of ecosystems and living organisms from the smallest to the largest.

The principle of ecology and the principle of equity

Agrobiology is based on living cycles and ecologies, linking with them, imitating them and helping them to maintain themselves. This base roots agrobiology in living ecological systems. He mentions that production is based on ecological processes and recycling. Well-being and nutrition are manifested through the ecology of this specified production environment. Take crops, for example, with a living soil, so it’s a farm ecosystem for the animals, and for marine animals, an aquatic environment is needed. Cultivation systems, or even pastoral systems with organic wild harvesting, must adapt to all these cycles and to any ecological balance of nature. The principle of equity, on the other hand, emphasizes that organizations engaged in agrobiology must maintain and cultivate a culture of human relations by ensuring equity for all types of actors.

The precautionary principle, what impact for agrobiology?

Organic farming must be run in a precautionary, more prudent and very responsible manner to maximize the health of current and future generations without forgetting the environment. Agrobiology is a very dynamic living system that demonstrates both internal and external demands and conditions. It can best improve its efficiency and increase any productivity, but it should not risk endangering well-being. The principle then establishes precaution and also responsibility for management, technology and development in agrobiology. Science is therefore useful in keeping organic agriculture healthy and safe.

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