Casting a Wider Net: Understanding the â€œRootâ€ Causes of Human-Induced Soil Erosion
Although science has helped us to identify and measure the threat of soil erosion to food production, we need to cast a wider net for effective solutions. Honest assessment suggests, in fact, that this kind of eco-agri-cultural issue exceeds the traditional boundaries of scientific interest. The issue of soil erosion spills out so many ways that it demands a holistic interdisciplinary approach. In this paper we explore a systems â€œin contextâ€ approach to understanding soil erosion built upon the interplay of Aristotleâ€™s virtues of episteme , techne , and phronesis . We model the synergy of collaboration, where diverse ways of knowing, learning and being in the world can offer proactive soil conservation strategiesâ€”those that occur from the inside-outâ€”instead of reactive policies, from the outside-in. We show how positivist scientific attitudes could well impede conservation efforts insofar as they can inhibit educational pedagogies meant to reconnect us to nature. In so doing, we make the ultimate argument that disparate fields of knowledge have much to offer each other and that the true synergy in solutions to soil erosion will come from the intimate interconnectedness of these different ways of knowing, learning and being in the world.
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- David Pimentel, 2006. "Soil Erosion: A Food and Environmental Threat," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 119-137, 02.
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