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Translocal practices and proximities in short quality food chains at the periphery: the case of North Swedish farmers

Alexandre Dubois ()
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Alexandre Dubois: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Agriculture and Human Values, 2019, vol. 36, issue 4, No 9, 763-778

Abstract: Abstract This paper examines the social and organizational innovation processes undertaken by small-scale producers engaged in short food supply chains in the North Swedish region of Västerbotten. The study uses the notion of proximity to empirically analyse and conceptually explore these phenomena. The paper illustrates the ‘new associationalism’ mobilized by producers in order to promote knowledge exchange and learning and highlights the role of translocal practices in sustaining this transition. The study found that open and trusted interactions with consumers are central to the development of ‘quasi-organic’ practices, and that producers belong to numerous motley associations of food professionals facilitating the creation of collective meanings about near-produced quality food. The paper contributes to the rapprochement between agri-food studies and human geography to understand the formation of local food systems from an evolutionary and relational perspective.

Keywords: Organized proximity; Short food supply chain; Social innovation; Organic farming; External knowledge (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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