Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 743–759 | Cite as

Development pathways at the agriculture–urban interface: the case of Central Arizona

  • Julia C. Bausch
  • Hallie Eakin
  • Skaidra Smith-Heisters
  • Abigail M. York
  • Dave D. White
  • Cathy Rubiños
  • Rimjhim M. Aggarwal
Article

Abstract

Particular visions of urban development are often codified in multi-year resource management policies. These policies, and the negotiations leading to them, are based in specific problem frames and narratives with long legacies. As conditions change and knowledge improves, there is often a need to revisit how problems, opportunities, and development pathways were defined historically, and to consider the viability of alternative pathways for development. In this article, we examine the case of agriculture near Metropolitan Phoenix, in the Central Arizona region, to highlight how frames and narratives embedded in policy can reinforce particular development pathways, even as information, conditions, and values evolve. Using expert interviews and secondary data, we document alternative frames and narratives that may offer different pathways for development and sustainability in the region. By highlighting alternative narratives, we demonstrate the uncertainties and limitations associated with all narratives about development pathways, and explore the possibilities that narrative shifts can alter future outcomes.

Keywords

Agriculture–urban interface Local agriculture Pathways Frames and narratives Arizona 

Abbreviations

ADWR

Arizona Department of Water Resources

AF

Acre-feet

AMA

Active Management Areas

BART

Best Available Retrofit Technology

CAP

Central Arizona Project

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

GMA

Groundwater Management Act of 1980

MAF

Million acre-feet

NGS

Navajo Generating Station

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia C. Bausch
    • 1
  • Hallie Eakin
    • 1
  • Skaidra Smith-Heisters
    • 2
  • Abigail M. York
    • 2
  • Dave D. White
    • 3
  • Cathy Rubiños
    • 1
  • Rimjhim M. Aggarwal
    • 1
  1. 1.School of SustainabilityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.School of Human Evolution and Social ChangeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.School of Community Resources and DevelopmentArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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