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Social Change for Sustainable Localized Food Sovereignty. Convergence between Prosumers and Ethical Entrepreneurs.
Reckinger, Rachel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Sociologia del Lavoro
Pro-sumers on the move: 
overcoming the line between 
labour and consumption
[en] Alternative food networks ; Prosumers ; Ethical entrepreneurship ; Organic local fruit and vegetable production ; Social innovation ; Circular economy ; Political consumerism ; Crowdfunding ; Agro-ecology ; Heterodox food production and retail niches ; Time banks
[en] Some resourceful community-driven initiatives for local food production and retail have
recently appeared in Luxembourg, where low organic agricultural rates are paradoxically
paired with high consumer demands. This niche of social innovators combines agroecology
with circular economy practices. Four cases of alternative food networks are
presented here – studied with qualitative interviews and participant observation. One was
established in the 1980s and has about 200 employees, partly linked to social assistance.
The more recent and smaller initiatives are characterised by cooperative governance, a
community-supported agricultural outlook, hands-on workshops and time banks, all
enabled by social media. These initiatives are more radical in their agro-ecological or
permaculture practices, focusing on regenerative land use without relying on imports and
fostering the integration of consumers with varying degrees of prosumer involvement.
This politicised step goes further than mere (and possibly industrialised) organic
production. It represents a cultural shift in the food system by attracting media and policy
interest, diverting attention away from individuals and focusing instead on the collective
efforts that are necessary to build a more resilient food system.
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public

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