Bhaskar Save, The Ghandi of Natural Farming Bharat Mansate (excerpt from his book "The Vision of Natural Farming), Institute of Science in Society -- 24 Feb 2014 "Natural farming is holistic and bio-diverse organic farming in harmony with nature. It is low-intervention, ecological and sustainable. In its purest advanced form, it is a ‘do-nothing’ way of farming where nature does everything, or almost everything, so very little needs to be done by the farmer."
Building, Defending and Strengthening Agroecology: A Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty Colin Anderson, Michel Pimbert, Csilla Kiss, Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience -- Sep 2015 "A movement is growing. While agroecology has been practiced for millennia in places around the world, today we are witnessing how social movements are calling for agroecology as the pathway towards a more just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system. They claim agroecology as a bottom up movement and practice that needs to be supported, rather than led, by science and policy. From this perspective, agroecology is inseparable from food sovereignty: the right of citizens to control food policy and practice."
Don't Let Food Be the Problem: Producing Too Much Food is What Starves the World Olivier De Shutter, Foreign Policy -- Jul/Aug 2015 "Agroecology aims to reduce the use of external fossil fuel-based inputs, to recycle waste, and to combine elements of nature to maximize synergies. It treats the complexity of nature not as a liability, but as an asset. The farmer learns by trial and error, even when the ultimate “scientific” explanation may remain elusive; long at the receiving end of technological developments, he or she will now determine what works best in a local context."
Farming and Knowledge: Monocultures Are Misconceived Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas, SciDev Net -- 03 Sep 2013
Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now Frances Moore Lappé, Great Transitions Initiative -- Apr 2016 "The primary obstacle to sustainable food security is an economic model and thought system, embodied in industrial agriculture, that views life in disassociated parts, obscuring the destructive impact this approach has on humans, natural resources, and the environment. "
From Farm to Fork: Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems Olivier De Schutter, The Journal.ie -- 16 Oct 2013
Green Agriculture: Foundations for Biodiverse, Resilient and Productive Agricultural Systems Parviz Koohafkan, Miguel A. Altieri, Eric Holt-Gimenez, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, Vol. 10, Issue 1 -- 2012
Only Small Farmers and Agroecology Can Feed the World [Article reporting on the speech by Prof. Hilal Elver, the new UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, coinciding with the FAO International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutrition] Nafeez Ahmed, The Ecologist -- 23 Sep 2014 "Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods"
Organic Farming Will Feed the World: Astonishingly, It's More Productive than High-Tech Agriculture George Monbiot, The Guardian -- 24 Aug 2000 "Organic cultivation has been characterised as an enemy of progress for the simple reason that it cannot be monopolised: it can be adopted by any farmer anywhere on earth, without the help of multinational companies."
Our Good Earth: The Future Rests on the Soil Beneath Our Feet Charles C. Mann, National Geographic Magazine -- Sep 2008
Recent Patterns of Crop Yield Growth and Stagnation Ray, D.K. et al. Nat. Commun. 3:1293 doi: 10.1038/ncomms2296-- 2012 "In the coming decades, continued population growth, rising meat and dairy consumption and expanding biofuel use will dramatically increase the pressure on global agriculture. Even as we face these future burdens, there have been scattered reports of yield stagnation in the world’s major cereal crops, including maize, rice and wheat."