Unfolding farm practices: Working toward sustainable food production... (2012)

Title Unfolding farm practices: Working toward sustainable food production in the Netherlands and Spain
Published in Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Vol. 2, No. 2, p.129-145. ISSN 2152-0801.
Author Swagemakers, P.; Dominguez Garcia, M.D.; Fernández, X.S.; Wiskerke, J.S.C.
Date 2012
Reference(s) Leerstoelgroep Rurale sociologie, Extern overig, Rural Sociology, Extern other
Language English
Type Article
Abstract The modernization of agriculture has caused and continues to cause an increasing disconnection between farming, nature, and society, which has also created a series of social, economic, and ecological crises in the food chain. Case study research of farmers responding to this situation can show us what changes are required to encourage a reconnection between farming, nature, and society. This paper provides ethnographic case study research of two farms: one situated in a productive polder in the Netherlands, and the other in a disadvantaged mountainous area in Galicia, Spain. They both employ "novelty production," farmer-driven adaptations to the farm, seen as a socio-ecological system. These novelties change the input-output relations on farms and result in adaptations in different farming domains (technical, economic, and socio-organizational), which we see as "unfolding" farming practices. This paper examines how these farmers have sustained and improved the socio-ecological performance of their farms and how these changes have led to a shift in the farm as a socio-ecological system and changed the configuration and boundaries of the farms. In conclusion we look at prospects for this approach being supported at a wider level.
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