Revista Facultad Nacional de Agronomía, Medellín
Print version ISSN 0304-2847
COTES TORRES, Alejandro and COTES TORRES, José Miguel. THE PROBLEM OF SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN THE COMPLEXITY OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS. Rev.Fac.Nal.Agr.Medellín [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.2, pp. 2813-2825. ISSN 0304-2847.
The problem of sustainability is a topic that since the end of the XX century has been worrying more the different sectors of society; becoming one of the topics of greatest interest for managers, consumers, academics and investigators that conform the different agricultural food chains of the world. This paper presents from the General Systems Theory point of view some elements of critical reflection, approaching the problem of sustainability from the complexity of agricultural production systems, beginning with the original philosophical conception of agriculture and ending by outlining some considerations that should be kept in mind for the development of scientific and technological advances concordant with the agricultural food chain needs of the XXI century; which permit an orientation of not only work by professionals who lead the processes of animal and vegetable production, but also creates a sense of pertinence in all of the participants in the chain, highlighting the importance of studying by means of systemic thought, Agronomy and Animal Science, as disciplines that approach to complexities of Agriculture which is the angular stone of civilization, such as we know it at the moment.
Keywords : Agronomy; animal science; systemic thought; agriculture research; complex systems.