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WORSTER, Donald. Transformation of the land: towards an agroecological perspective in history. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2003, vol.5, n.2, pp. 23-44. ISSN 1809-4422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X2003000200003.
This article discusses the formation of the field of environmental history which originated in the 1970s in the middle of the debates on the ecologic crisis and the emergence of the environmental movement. This history rejects the notion that human societies do not cause significant environmental alterations and analyzes the specific conditions of that recurring interaction. The agroecologic system is one of the most typical cases of the intervention of human activity on natural ecosystems in a complex interaction between indigenous plants, exotic vegetation, fertility of the soil and diverse agricultural practices. The roadmap of these changes is essential to understand history from the view point of the environment.
Keywords : agroecologic systems; environmental history; ecosystems.