Ernst Gotsch

Ernst Gotsch

Ernst Gotsch is a Swiss farmer and researcher working mostly in Brazil. He has originated a system of climate and biodiversity-friendly sustainable farming techniques known as syntropic agriculture or dynamic agroforestry.

Farmer and Researcher
Syntropic Farming

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Ernst Götsch was born in 1948 in Raperswilen, Switzerland, and migrated to Brazil in the early 1980s, establishing himself in a farm in southern Bahia. Years before, Götsch had decided to quit a research job on genetic enhancement at the state-owned FAP Zürich-Reckenholz (today’s Agroscope), after a disturbing questioning:

“Wouldn’t we achieve greater results if we sought ways of cultivation that favor the development of plants, rather than creating genotypes that support the bad conditions we impose them?” Ernst Götsch

Influenced by the theories of Ecological Agriculture launched by Hans Peter Rush and Hans Müller, he systematically combined the cultivation of vegetables, roots, and grains, in search for beneficial cooperations that resulted in greater productivity. He took an important step by integrating fruit cultivation into his designs, and observed the benefits the trees brought to the system, thanks to their biomass from the woods and the positive interactions with other species.


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