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Agriculture 2017, 7(1), 6; doi:10.3390/agriculture7010006

Beyond Food Provisioning: The Transformative Potential of Grassroots Innovation around Food

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, Pisa 57124, Italy
Academic Editors: Giaime Berti, Moya Kneafsey, Larry Lev, Irene Monasterolo and Sergio Schneider
Received: 14 July 2016 / Revised: 2 December 2016 / Accepted: 11 January 2017 / Published: 19 January 2017
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Abstract

The newly-emerged ethical foodscape includes multiple expressions of innovation around food. With reference to the Italian context, this paper focuses on the transformative potential of the experiences of social innovation, innovative grassroots initiatives, which have been significantly contributed to shaping the food culture and production-consumption practices during the last two decades. While still consolidating their fundamentals and facing the challenge of growth, the networks behind them continue to be engaged in an effort of innovation, inside and outside their niche. The paper explores these dynamics. Understanding how these networks are managing their transformative capacity and what are the opportunities and challenges arising in the relation with the mainstream system may help to better capture and value the potential of this innovation niche, drawing useful lessons for fostering its expression and for a broader transition to more equitable and sustainable food systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: grassroots innovation; alternative food networks; food value; boundary-crossing; food as a commons; food democracy; reflexive governance grassroots innovation; alternative food networks; food value; boundary-crossing; food as a commons; food democracy; reflexive governance
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