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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 844; doi:10.3390/su9050844

Alternative Approaches to Food: Community Supported Agriculture in Urban China

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Minzu University of China, No. 27 Zhongguancun South Street, Beijing 100081, China
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Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, P.O. Box 5015, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Han Wiskerke
Received: 16 February 2017 / Revised: 9 May 2017 / Accepted: 10 May 2017 / Published: 18 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue City Region Foodscapes)
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Abstract

One of the most remarkable features of China’s development path is its large-scale and fast-paced urbanization. As cities already accommodate more than half of China’s population, new challenges to urban food systems have emerged concurrently. Concerns over environmental degradation and food safety have provoked growing dissatisfaction with China’s food regime. Amidst these concerns, the aim of this paper is to study the role of new and alternative approaches to food, focusing in on the question of how community supported agriculture (CSA) can deal with the food-related issues emerging from China’s development. The paper adopts Granovetter’s notions of social embeddedness to describe CSA’s relational role in consumer-farmer dynamics, as well as the structural role within its broader relational context. Empirical data is drawn from surveys distributed among CSA farms, and interviews with key stakeholders in the Chinese CSA movement. The study finds that the model of CSA demonstrates an innovative approach to deal with food safety issues, address sustainability, and operate in an environment where future food demands are most critical. Although the movement’s structural embeddedness is bound by several limitations and contradictions, it is argued that the CSA model offers important insights and adds value into ameliorating China’s food systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: community supported agriculture; alternative food systems; food safety; embeddedness; China community supported agriculture; alternative food systems; food safety; embeddedness; China
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Krul, K.; Ho, P. Alternative Approaches to Food: Community Supported Agriculture in Urban China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 844.

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