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.
- Cabot Institute
- Perspectives on Work
- Organic Agriculture
- Social sustainability
Medland, L. (2016). Working for Social Sustainability: Insights from a Spanish Organic Production Enclave. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 40(10), 1133-1156. . https://doi.org/10.1080/21683565.2016.1224213