For whom? - The governance of organic food and farming in the UK
AbstractThe challenge of organic agriculture - that it might provide new forms of participation around food - has been hard to encapsulate in the conventional circuits of democracy. One answer to this 'offer' has been for consumers to purchase organic items as a way of demonstrating support for the organic sector. This paper argues that although this strategy may have been successful in the past, there is increasing evidence that there is a convergence between sections of the organic movement and the dominant multiple retailers. Through a wide range of evidence, including an analysis of how organic products are promoted and of how organic farm businesses are configured, this paper suggests that the potential of the organic movement is increasingly being circumscribed.
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Volume (Year): 34 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
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