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The Future of Sustainability as a Product of the Present: Lessons from Modern Food in Ecuador
Journal Title: RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA' 
Author/s: Stephen Sherwood, Myriam Paredes, Joan Gross, Micaela Hammer 
Year:  2014 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  21 Pg. 83-103 FullText PDF:  230 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RISS2014-002006
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Drawing on historical research in the northern highlands of Ecuador, the authors summarize how 75 years of state-supported agricultural modernization and subsequent food policies have led to diverse, wide-scale socio-environmental decline. Despite this global trend, they find considerable heterogeneity in familylevel farming and food practices, with highly diverse and important implications for human health, economy and the environment. Following a study of ‘positive deviance’, they argue that certain production-consumption patterns are more sustainable than others, representing a time-proven, yet largely neglected resource for policy reform. Nevertheless, Ecuador’s investment in modern food poses formidable institutional challenges to change, while sparking increasingly influential social counter-movements.
Keywords: Farming and food practices, heterogeneity, sustainability, Ecuador

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Stephen Sherwood, Myriam Paredes, Joan Gross, Micaela Hammer, in "RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA'" 2/2014, pp. 83-103, DOI:10.3280/RISS2014-002006

   

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