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Community supported agriculture in urban settings. A way for better understanding and complementation of sustainability - a Norwegian experience.

Friis Pedersen, Susanne (2017) Community supported agriculture in urban settings. A way for better understanding and complementation of sustainability - a Norwegian experience. Acta Horticulturae, 1189, pp. 419-422.

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Norway covers an abundant wilderness, only 3 % of the land are cultivated. Population is scarce many places of the country, but like trends elsewhere, there are a concentration towards more urban settings. Urban citizens take action for future sustainable development through producing some of their own food. Politics protect land resources for agriculture, but agricultural areas are still decreasing. Literature states how people carries out top goals for sustainability in a humble practical approach.
The eagerness to grow food is underlined by the growth of community supported agriculture (CSA) from a single one in 2006 to more than 50 in 2016. Market statistics illustrates that the majority of organic food in Norway is distributed in alternative channels like CSAs, Farmers market or directly from the farms. Compared to other Scandinavian countries the common market chains for organic food are less developed in Norway.
Consumers motivation for participating in CSA is food security, environment and control of the food chain. CSA farmers are motivated by minimizing the economic risk and getting company in everyday life.
CSAs are mostly located in urban surroundings and directed by a farmer or a gardener. Consumers in the cities also initiate CSAs. The visibility and learning by doing makes a comprehensive demonstration of sustainability.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:CSA, urban farming, lifestyle, consumers involvement, organic agriculture
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Food systems > Community development
Food systems > Markets and trade
Food systems > Community development > Networks and ownership
Research affiliation: Norway
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
ISSN:0567-7572
DOI:10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1189.81
Deposited By: Friis Pedersen, Susanne
ID Code:32522
Deposited On:15 Mar 2018 07:37
Last Modified:15 Mar 2018 07:37
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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