Project 4: The Social Economy in Organic Agriculture

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Project 4

The Social Economy in Organic Agriculture

Academic Partners
Jennifer Sumner, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph
Ann Clark, University of Guelph
Community Partners
Steve Cavell , OntarBio
Debbie Field, Foodshare Toronto
For further information about this project, contact Jennifer Sumner: jsumner@uoguelph.ca

Description

This study explores the social economy in the organic farming movement, and investigates its contributions to the sustainability of rural communities. It builds upon previous research on the links between the organic farming movement—built through mutual co-operation and communication in the absence of institutional support—and sustainable rural communities. Specifically, we document the problems faced by organic farmers, describe how organic farmers use the social economy to address these problems, and analyze the connections between buidling the social economy and the sustainability of rural communities.

Outputs

Sumner, Jennifer & Sophie Llewelyn (2008). Organic Farmers and the Social Economy. Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. Available online at:

http://www.organicagcentre.ca/NewspaperArticles/na_social_economy_js.asp