o caso dos agricultores familiares de base ecológica da cooperativa dos agropecuaristas solidários de Itápolis - COAGROSOL1
The article presents an analysis of production strategies of certified units of a family-smallholder's cooperative from Itápolis - SP. Units were observed to incorporate agro-ecological principles of ecology-based agriculture, in observance of agro-biodiversity, material recycling and socioeconomic aspects related to agroecological conversion and transition of farming systems. The research was developed through the complementarities provided by a combination of sociological and agronomic research methods, based on qualitative interviews and questionnaire with semi-structured questions. It was concluded that the establishment of economic relationships between this cooperative and a fair-trade international entity has fostered not only a significant increase in production diversity, but also the application of different principles of ecology-based agriculture. Moreover, it has brought about a visible change in attitude towards natural resource exploration in this region - which is located in a hydrological basin considered as one of the most degraded basins of the State of Sao Paulo in terms of absence of native forests and pollution by pesticides and chemical products.
Revista De Economia Agrícola, 2009, Vol 56, Issue 1, p. 37-53