Introduction to the symposium: Towards cross-cultural views on Community Supported Agriculture
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Abundant discourses and literature exist about the necessity to develop food system initiatives related to transition to sustainability. Alternative food network studies (Hinrichs 2000; Roep and Wiskerke 2006; Brunori 2007) show links with food citizenship (Renting et al. 2012), transition theory (Brunori et al. 2012) and ethical consumerism. The Aalborg Charter of Europeans cities and towns stands as an example of the intricate link between sustainable political orientation and food control. Though two decades have passed since its adoption, the charter, when revised in 2004 (it therefore became known as Aalborg +10Charter), recalled the necessity for European municipalities to endorse the commitment “to improve soil quality, preserve ecologically productive land and promote sustainable agriculture and forestry”.1
Moreover, it has become clear to both social scientists and the general public that the food industry tends to take a prominent place in household expenditures...
KeywordsAlternative Food Local Food System Responsible Consumption Alternative Food Network Civic Agriculture
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