Family agriculture and agroecology: profile of the agroecological production in the city of Pelotas/rs

The segment of family agriculture presents specific characteristics in its organization, like the utilization of family labor, minor territorial dimension of the production unit and the logic or peasant rationalization is focused to attend the demands of the own family and not immediately the necessities of the market. These are some of the features which allowed their reproduction meanwhile the process of capitalist development. On the other hand, these characteristics represent the possibility of transition of one model of conventional agriculture, registered in the excessive use of the natural sources of sustainability (ecological, economical, social, cultural, space/geographic). The agroecology intends, this way, to reestablish the harmonious relations between men and its natural space, minimizing the impact of the agricultural activities in the environment and maximizing the agricultural benefits beyond the rural space. This way, this work, intends to set a profile of production of agroecological base in the city of Pelotas/RS, making a general characterization of it, identifying its situation and importance as a productive strategy to the family farmers of the city.

Family agriculture; Agroecology; Sustainable rural development

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