Localisation through Alternative farming: Embeddings for a better future

Palaniappan, G. and King, C. A. (2009) Localisation through Alternative farming: Embeddings for a better future. New Community Quarterly, 7 3: 22-24.

Author Palaniappan, G.
King, C. A.
Title Localisation through Alternative farming: Embeddings for a better future
Journal name New Community Quarterly
ISSN 1448-0336
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 22
End page 24
Total pages 3
Editor Jacques Boulet
Editorial Correspondence and Referee Panel
Place of publication Victoria, Australia
Publisher New Community Quarterly, Inc. (Borderlands Cooperative)
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
0703 Crop and Pasture Production
1608 Sociology
8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production
9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
9603 Climate and Climate Change
Abstract Global environmental changes like retreat of seasonal sea ice, landscape drying, unprecedented shifts in the changing of the seasons and the timing of animal migrations are causing serious threat to people around the world (Loring & Gerlach 2009). In addition, climate change impacts have increased energy prices and our dependencies on non renewable sources like fossil fuels are apparent. As a result, localisation and sustainability have gained considerable importance as communities around the world look for alternatives. Local food production systems also called ‘alternative farming’ show promise to address the negative consequences of national and global undifferentiated commodity supply chains that distance agriculture production from rural communities. In this paper we examine how food production systems can contribute to localization and sustainability. These include systems such as organics, natural farming, biodynamics, permaculture, community gardens, and community supported agriculture. Re-localization focused on local food production with regard to the ecological and social dimensions are discussed in this paper. Transition from globalized farming to localized farming is also highlighted. In farming, both ‘localization’ and ‘sustainability’ have developed different meanings according to the context used. However the core of localisation and sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of food production and consumption as locally as possible. As food systems are built at the human scale, sustainability can be grounded in our localities through sustaining our ecological, social, economic and political systems (Burkett 2008).
Q-Index Code C1
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