Population and Environment

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 533–554

Global Food Markets and Their Local Alternatives: A Socio-Ecological Economic Perspective

  • Sabine U. O'Hara
  • Sigrid Stagl

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010795305097

Cite this article as:
O'Hara, S.U. & Stagl, S. Population and Environment (2001) 22: 533. doi:10.1023/A:1010795305097


Growing globalization has changed the relationship between the economic institution ‘market’ and its social contexts. Local alternatives have developed, as some would argue, as a response to this globalization trend. This paper examines the seeming contradiction between globalization and local market developments by examining a recent model of emerging local, more socially embedded markets, namely CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). It argues that CSAs, which directly link agricultural producers and consumers, exemplify the search for market alternatives that are re-embedded in their physical, social, and ethical context. Thereby important dimensions of market interaction such as reliance on local experts, social interaction, and spatial/temporal feedback functions can be recovered.

globalization food production local markets sustainability 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabine U. O'Hara
    • 1
  • Sigrid Stagl
    • 2
  1. 1.Green Mountain CollegeAustria
  2. 2.Economics and Business AdministrationVienna UniversityViennaAustria

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