Food with a Farmer's face : A search for community-supported agriculture

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The intensifying and up scaling of livestock production has led to the spatial and social separation of production and consumption of food. In Noord-­‐Brabant this emerging conflict eventually led to a transition where the stakeholders want to move from industrial towards community farming. But what is community farming? This research focuses on community-­‐supported agriculture (CSA). It takes a phenomenological stance and uses transition theory as a guideline. It sketches the food system through mapping current paradigms. It also sketches the views of the representatives of the ‘societal pentagon’. At the level of niches, there is a variance of alternative food networks being developed in Noord-­‐Brabant. Only three fit the description of CSA. The motivations for the establishment of the initiatives vary. They all refer to notions of modernity as Giddens defined them. Nonetheless, their responses towards the regime differ. Localness is an important aspect in all practices as they try to build communities around the theme of food. Place building is important in this. The research concludes that it is too early to say whether CSA is able to transcend the conventional boundaries between producer and consumer.
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