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Regulatory enclosures: small scale women livestock farmers

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McMahon, Martha

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Abstract "There are efforts by a variety of social movements and civil society organizations to encourage the development of alternative agri-food networks that are socially just, ecological, humane and which ensure food security and food sovereignty. Many activists focus their critiques on the role of large multinational corporations in restructuring and globalizing the agri-food system. They offer in its place a vision of locally oriented, small scale ecological farming. Drawing on the gendered experience of small scale women farmers on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada who are developing local markets for their farm products and the impact of new Provincial food safety regulations, this paper argues if such social change initiatives are to be successful, one will need to look at how food safety regulations accomplish outcomes that have relatively little to do with food safety but effectively close the possibilities for more ecologically grounded and locally focused food production and distribution. That is, food safety regulations seem inevitably to close off to farmers the possibility of economic alternatives to the globalizing agri food system. There will be 'no alternatives'. Paradoxically, consumer led food and food security movements can undermine the very changes they wish to see happen." (author's abstract)
Keywords agriculture; food and luxury products industry; woman; farmer; organic farming; small business; Canada; food; security; regulation; agricultural industry; globalization
Classification Rural Sociology; Special areas of Departmental Policy; Economic Sectors
Free Keywords regulation; small farmers; food safety
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Münster
Page/Pages 27 p.
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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