Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 903–924 | Cite as

An assessment of the metabolic profile implied by agricultural change in two rural communities in the North of Argentina

  • Nancy Arizpe
  • Jesús Ramos-Martín
  • Mario Giampietro
Article

Abstract

The soy expansion model in Argentina generates structural changes in traditional lifestyles, which can be associated with different biophysical and socioeconomic impacts. To explore this issue, we apply an innovative method for integrated assessment—the multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism framework—to characterize two communities in the Chaco Region, Province of Formosa, North of Argentina. These communities have recently experienced the expansion of soy production, altering their economic activity, energy consumption patterns, land use and human time allocation. The integrated characterization presented in the paper illustrates the differences (biophysical, socioeconomic and historical) between the two communities that can be associated with different responses. The analysis of the factors behind these differences has important policy implications for the sustainable development of local communities in the area.

Keywords

Societal metabolism Soy expansion Chaco Biophysical accounting Rural development Multi-scale integrated analysis Land-time budget analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy Arizpe
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jesús Ramos-Martín
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mario Giampietro
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Programa de Postgrado de Antropología Social (PPAS)Universidad Nacional de MisionesPosadasArgentina
  2. 2.Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA)Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain
  3. 3.Departament d’Economia i d’Història EconòmicaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain
  4. 4.Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain

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