Introducing ‘Seeds of Change’ into the Food System? Localisation Strategies in the Swiss Dairy Industry

Forney, Jérémie; Häberli, Isabel (2014). Introducing ‘Seeds of Change’ into the Food System? Localisation Strategies in the Swiss Dairy Industry Sociologia Ruralis, 56(2), pp. 135-156. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/soru.12072

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The Swiss dairy‐farming sector faces challenging times after the removal of milk quotas. In this context, several cooperative and federative structures have developed new strategies to improve the situation of dairy farmers. Local products play an important role in these strategies. Based on ethnographic work, this article looks at the social construction and negotiation of ‘the local’ in three case studies. Firstly, we show what diverging geographical and moral definitions of the local emerge from the development of these localised food networks. Then we look at how the various moralities of the local in turn contribute to the transformation of the actors' position in the broader food system. Finally, we argue that apparently narrow economic strategies might open new paths for more transformative developments based on alternative values such as regional development, solidarity and identity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Resource-efficient agricultural production systems

Name:

Forney, Jérémie and
Häberli, Isabel

Subjects:

S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)

ISSN:

00380199

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Lutz

Date Deposited:

17 Dec 2019 12:08

Last Modified:

17 Dec 2019 12:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/soru.12072

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.8511

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/8511

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