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Introduction: Agroecology as a Transdisciplinary, Participatory, and Action-oriented Approach
V. Ernesto Mendez, Christopher M. Bacon, and Roseann Cohen

Agroecology: Roots of Resistance to Industrialized Food Systems
Stephen R. Gliessman

Transformative Agroecology: Foundations in Agricultural Practice, Agrarian Social Thought, and Sociological Theory
Graham Woodgate and Eduardo Sevilla Guzman

Political Agroecology: An Essential Tool to Promote Agrarian Sustainability
Manuel Gonzalez de Molina

Learning Agroecology through Involvement and Reflection
Charles Francis, Edvin Ostergaard, Anna Marie Nicolaysen, Geir Lieblein, Tor Arvid Breland, and Suzanne Morse

Complexity in Tradition and Science: Intersecting Theoretical Frameworks in Agroecological Research
John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto

Agroecology, Food Sovereignty, and the New Green Revolution
Eric Holt-Gimenez and Miguel A. Altieri

The Intercultural Origin of Agroecology: Contributions from Mexico
Francisco J. Rosado-May

Participatory Action Research for an Agroecological Transition in Spain: Building Local Organic Food Networks
Gloria I. Guzman, Daniel Lopez, Lara Roman, and Antonio M. Alonso

Agroecology, Food Sovereignty, and Urban Agriculture in the United States
Margarita Fernandez, V. Ernesto Mendez, Teresa Mares, and Rachel Schattman

On the Ground: Putting Agroecology to Work through Applied Research and Extension in Vermont
Debra Heleba, Vern Grubinger, and Heather Darby

Agroecology as a Food Security and Sovereignty Strategy in Coffee-Growing Communities: Opportunities and Challenges in San Ramon, Nicaragua
Heather Putnam, Roseann Cohen, and Roberta M. Jaffe

The Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program: Critical Lessons Learned from an Integrated Approach to Achieve Sustainable Land Management
Isabel A. Gutierrez-Montes and Felicia Ramirez Aguero

Analysis of Tropical Home Gardens through an Agroecology and Anthropological Ecology Perspective
Alba Gonzalez-Jacome

About the Author

V. Ernesto Mendez, PhD, is an associate professor of agroecology and environmental studies at the University of Vermont, where he leads the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group, a community of practice that studies and contributes to developing practical solutions to key issues in our current agrifood system. He earned his PhD in agroecology and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His empirical work is mostly with smallholder coffee farmers and cooperatives in Mesoamerica as well as a variety of growers in Vermont. His research uses agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory, and action-oriented approach, focusing on the interactions among agriculture, food, farmer livelihoods, and environment. Most of his work utilizes a participatory action research (PAR) approach to directly support agroecological practice and farmer livelihoods. Christopher M. Bacon, PhD, is an assistant professor with the Department of Environmental Studies at Santa Clara University, California. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, he completed a PhD in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His primary research involves smallholders, cooperatives, and food security in the context of market and climatic change in northern Nicaragua, examining the political ecology of conventional and alternative food systems and their impacts on rural development and change. His second line of research focuses on environmental and food justice in California, and his previous work has been published in Global Environmental Change, the Journal of Peasant Studies, Ecology and Society, and World Development. Roseann Cohen is the executive director for the Community Agroecology Network in Santa Cruz, California, a nonprofit committed to sustaining rural livelihoods and landscapes in the global south through the integration of collaborative research, agroecological capacity-building, and locally informed development strategies. She holds a PhD from the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a specialization in Latin American and Latino studies. Her research focuses on the sociocultural significance of farmers' relationship to their crops and land as well as the impacts of insecure land tenure, forced migration, and violence on farming communities. Stephen R. Gliessman holds graduate degrees in botany, biology, and plant ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has more than 40 years of teaching, research, and production experience in the field of agroecology. He was the founding director of the agroecology program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the first formal agroecology programs in the world. He is also the cofounder of the nonprofit Community Agroecology Network, Santa Cruz, California, and currently serves as president of its board of directors. His textbook Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems is in its third edition and has been translated into many languages, and he is the editor of the international journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

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