Working for Social Sustainability: Insights from a Spanish Organic Production Enclave

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Can the emergence of organic agriculture in global enclaves of food production be interpreted as contributing to more socially sustainable agriculture? This paper discusses three narratives from semi-structured interviews with farmers, farm-workers and trade union representatives in the case of El Ejido, Spain. Here, organic agriculture can be seen to offer a small degree of breathing space from the harshest dynamics of conventional industrial food systems. In conclusion, in this case the study shows that organic agriculture has been accompanied by experiences of small social sustainability gains and opportunities for workers and farmers, in a particularly challenging context.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Pages (from-to)1133-1156
Number of pages25
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Issue number10
Early online date25 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2016

Structured keywords

  • Cabot Institute
  • Organic
  • Food
  • Agriculture
  • Work
  • Perspectives on Work


  • Farmworkers
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Labour
  • Spain
  • Social sustainability


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