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EEI SEMINAR: "The ancient ecological wisdom in the development of Chinese agriculture" by Ajiang Chen

Date: 2017-11-22

EEI SEMINAR: “The ancient ecological wisdom in the development of Chinese agriculture”

Speaker: Ajiang Chen, Hohai University, Nanjing (China)
Moderator: Juan Liu, ICTA-UAB

Day: Wednesday, November 22nd
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

Relying on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and other technical means, agricultural output has been increased, but followed by many externality problems, such as food security, health risk, environmental pollution and disruption of ecological balance. The new rice-turtle comprehensive symbolic agricultural system in Deqing, Zhejiang province has achieved good effect. On the one hand, the farmers have realized a win-win situation on the high output of fish and rice without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, obtaining good economic benefits. On the other hand, the externality problems of food security, non-point pollution has been cured without interfering the natural rules. The balance of farmland ecosystem has also been recovered. The promotion of the rice-turtle symbolic agricultural system model, or the wisdom and basic ideas of this model, will expand positive externality, promoting agricultural sustainable development. The exploring of rice-turtle comprehensive symbiotic agriculture prided us the road to modern agricultural development, combined with local tradition and modern technology, which was efficient, safe and towards the harmony of human and nature.

Key words: comprehensive agriculture; rice-turtle symbolic agriculture; non-point pollution; food security; grain security

Professor Ajiang CHEN was born in 1963. He obtained his PhD degree in sociology in 1997 from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is the dean of the Department of Sociology, the director of the Research Centre of Environment and Society at Hohai University, Nanjing, and the Chairman of the Committee of Environmental Sociology in Chinese Sociology Association. His main research interests are environmental sociology and the development of rural areas. He conducted many research projects, including “Environmental Behaviour and Non-point Source Water Pollution Study (2012--2017)”and “Water-Human Relationship Study (2007-2010)”, sponsored by National Social Science Foundation. He has published series of books including: Domestic Waste Management in Urban China: Challenges and Solutions (2016), The Investigation on Cancer Villages” (2013), The Secondary Anxiety: A Sociological Study on the Water Pollution in Tai Lake (2010) and Institutional Innovation and Area Development (2000). He is also the (co)author of over 50 articles mainly in Chinese journals.





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