Burying Sustainable Development

  • Angela Hilmi


This chapter revisits the concept of sustainable development and how it came about. It looks at what happened at a turning point in history, in 1974, when the notions of eco-development and co-evolution were proposed. It argues that sustainable development and commercial agriculture both stem from the same roots: sustained growth, which has led us to an impasse. Agroecology is the coming back of eco-development to cover up the mistakes of the last 40 years. This chapter proposes a shift of mindset with the notion of “being within” looking at agroecology as a way to reconnect and rebuild relationships and movement within the farming system and beyond: its reweaving capacity. Rather than linear technical fixes, it suggests to look at the critical nodes of tension in the system: the inflection points, or acupoints, to act upon these and trigger a transition towards greater harmony and well-being.


Sustainable development Eco-development Co-evolution Being within 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Hilmi
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  1. 1.Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR)Coventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.Ryton Organic GardensRyton-on-DunsmoreUK

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