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Towards a real sustainable agri-food security and food policy: Beyond the ecological fallacies?

Marsden, Terry Keith 2012. Towards a real sustainable agri-food security and food policy: Beyond the ecological fallacies? Political Quarterly -London then Oxford- Macmillan then Blackwell- 83 (1) , pp. 139-146. 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2012.02242.x

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Abstract

The recent rises in food prices represent the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and a ‘canary in the mine’ moment for world agriculture. They are underlain by a continuing ‘race to the bottom’ and speculative process whereby systems of resource production and exploitation are continuing to rely upon ‘infinite supply’ assumptions and narrow technological solutions to ‘feeding the world’. I argue here that these conditions are leading to a dominant policy framing that tends to marginalise diverse and place-based agro-ecological systems by creating a new legitimacy for bio-economic rather than eco-economic solutions. Government and policy-making bodies need to redefine and widen their approaches to agriculture and agri-food in ways that recognise its social, cultural, political and spatially diverse contribution in a post-carbon world.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (CPLAN)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: agri-food; sustainability; place-making; eco-economy; bio-economy
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0032-3179
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:03
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/47830

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