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Presentation or Panel Title

Permaculture: Embracing an Alternative in Latin America

Location

Guzman 112

Start Date

4-15-2016 2:20 PM

End Date

4-15-2016 2:35 PM

Department

Political Science and International Studies

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Gigi Gokcek, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Latin America has been plagued by socio-environmental conflicts originating from disagreements between a system that is imposing a neoliberal agenda and those that recognize marginalized indigenous groups’ historical claim to the land. Permaculture, a sustainable holistic agricultural process developed in the 1980’s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in Australia, is a movement now embraced by marginalized groups in Latin America. Under what conditions has Permaculture emerged in Latin America as an alternative to a neoliberal system that has devalued rurality and left many marginalized? The focus of this study is on the emergence of Permaculture in Cuba and Mexico as a mobilization tool to reclaim a historical connection to the land. In Cuba, the movement has been state-led due to the whole country's detachment from the West. In Mexico, the movement has taken on a grassroots approach where Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are working independently from the government. A thorough comparative study of the emergence of Permaculture, using Latin America's history of oppression and exploitation and has yet to be addressed by researchers, which is why a study of this kind is needed.

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Apr 15th, 2:20 PM Apr 15th, 2:35 PM

Permaculture: Embracing an Alternative in Latin America

Guzman 112

Latin America has been plagued by socio-environmental conflicts originating from disagreements between a system that is imposing a neoliberal agenda and those that recognize marginalized indigenous groups’ historical claim to the land. Permaculture, a sustainable holistic agricultural process developed in the 1980’s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in Australia, is a movement now embraced by marginalized groups in Latin America. Under what conditions has Permaculture emerged in Latin America as an alternative to a neoliberal system that has devalued rurality and left many marginalized? The focus of this study is on the emergence of Permaculture in Cuba and Mexico as a mobilization tool to reclaim a historical connection to the land. In Cuba, the movement has been state-led due to the whole country's detachment from the West. In Mexico, the movement has taken on a grassroots approach where Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are working independently from the government. A thorough comparative study of the emergence of Permaculture, using Latin America's history of oppression and exploitation and has yet to be addressed by researchers, which is why a study of this kind is needed.