Sustainable Models of Food Consumption
Francesco Caracciolo, and
Alessia Lombardi. Department of Agriculture,
Agricultural Economics and Policy Group, University of Naples Federico II -
Newer and more sustainable models of food consumption are often seen as a
reaction and alternative to the mainstream models. Consumers use the market
as a political arena to respond to social and environmental needs (Long and
Murray, 2013). They rediscover their political power, no longer assuming a
passive role within the market, thus transforming themselves into critical
citizens (Norris, 1999). These are consumers committed to assessing the
social effects of their consumption choices, with socially important
objectives in their sights (Micheletti and Stolle, 2006). At the same time,
farmers feel involved in a space within which their identities can emerge,
hitherto obscured by the chiefly industrial model of agriculture where the
individual and biodiversity have no pivotal role to play.
Thus, enhancing innovative and
sustainable agro-food system is more and more calling for the emergence and
diffusion of new models of food consumptions (Beckie et al., 2012; Renting
et al., 2003; Mount, 2012; Cembalo et al., 2012). Often new spontaneous
models of food consumption are characterized by an economy that, though not
necessarily local, is ethical and equitable, where social and economic
relations tend to develop clusters and networks (Cembalo et al., 2013). In
many cases direct relationships between farmers and consumers are engaged
(i.e. farmers markets, community supported agriculture, solidarity
purchasing groups), where critical consumption is spontaneously built in
collective actions aiming at a more sustainable and innovative forms of
consumption (Ostrom et al., 1999).
We welcome theoretical and empirical
contributions from researchers and practitioners on the following themes as
well as ideas broadly related to this specific track:
1. Short supply chain organization
2. Consumers/farmers engagement;
3. Sustainable, local and rural
4. Ethical consumption, and;
5. Collective action and social
To be taken into consideration
abstracts have to be sent by November 1, 2013 to
WICaNeM2014@wur.nl. For further questions and remarks please contact
track coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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food networks: farmers’ markets and the role of clustering in western
Canada, Agriculture and Human Values, 29(3), 333-345.
Cembalo, L., Migliore, G., &
Schifani, G. (2012). Consumers in Postmodern Society and Alternative Food
Networkd: The Organis Food Fairs Case in Sicily, New Medit, 11(3), 41-49.
Cembalo, L., Migliore, G., &
Schifani, G. (2013). Sustainability and new models of consumption: the
Solidarity Purchasing Groups in Sicily, Journal of Agricultural and
Environmental Ethics, 26(1), 281-303.
Long, M. A., & Murray, D. L. (2013).
Ethical Consumption, Values Convergence/Divergence and Community
Development, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 1-25.
Micheletti, M, & Stolle, D. (2006).
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governance. Agriculture and Human Values, 29(1), 107-121.
Norris, P. (1999). Critical Citizens.
Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Ostrom, L., Burger, J., Field, C.B.,
Norgaard, R., & Policansky, D. (1999). Revisiting the Commons: Local
Lessons, Global Challenges, Science, 284, 278-282.
Renting, H. T., Marsden, K., & Banks,
J. 2003. Understanding alternative food networks: exploring the role of
short food supply chains in rural development. Environment and Planning A,