The Elements of the Organic Narrative

  • Gwen Burnyeat
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


The organic narrative combines the Community’s experience of cacao farming with their experience of self-organisation as a community, producing the symbiosis between natural and social environments. Elements include food sovereignty, linked to the Community’s need for protection but also their self-portrayal as an ‘alternative community’; the contrast with the inorganic, for example coca fumigation, and the use of chemicals on non-organic crops, and they associate anything inorganic with the violence of the conflict; and their negative perception of development and capitalism, a mindset in which the organic narrative meets the radical. The chapter argues that this organic narrative is currently being strengthened by the Community, possibly aided by the author’s research. Finally, this chapter sets out the narrative elements concerning their organisational process, drawing on their solidarity economics, membership rules, community work and work groups system, educational and energetic autonomy, and their practices of solidarity in humanitarian emergencies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwen Burnyeat
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  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

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