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Tiselius, Mette, 2022. ‘Good Farmer’ Values and How They Affect the Path to a Sustainable Agriculture. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)



Conventional agriculture is unsustainable on several levels and therefore a change has to take place. This study focuses on the central ’good farmer’ values of conventional farmers and how these values affect the path to a sustainable agriculture. An analysis of ’good farmer’ values of conventional farmers was carried out on the basis of a literatur study and interviews with conventional Gotlandic farmers. The analysis showed that some of these values conflicted with sustainable agriculture, while others did not. It was mainly the visible symbols of being a ’good farmer’ that inhibited the implementation of sustainable practices along with the small economic margins most conventional farmers have. The study concludes that ’good farmer’ values can be a key element in the change of conventional agriculture, if these values are shifted towards sustainable ones. This shift can be facilitated by establishing new social contexts for the farmers and changing the structures of the current food systems.

Main title:‘Good Farmer’ Values and How They Affect the Path to a Sustainable Agriculture
Authors:Tiselius, Mette
Supervisor:Ljung, Magnus
Examiner:Höckert, Jenny
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM005 Agroecology - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)
Keywords:conventional farmers, good farmer, cultural capital, sustainable agriculture, agroecology
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural sociology and social security
Nature conservation and land resources
Deposited On:01 Sep 2022 05:45
Metadata Last Modified:02 Sep 2022 01:08

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