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A license to produce? Farmer interpretations of the new food security agenda

Fish, R, Lobley, Matt, Winter, Michael (2013) A license to produce? Farmer interpretations of the new food security agenda. Journal of Rural Studies, 29 . pp. 40-49. ISSN 0743-0167. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.02.002) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Drawing on the findings of empirical research conducted in the South West of England, this paper explores how farmers make sense of re-emerging imperatives for ‘food security’ in UK policy and political discourse. The analysis presented is based on two types of empirical inquiry. First, an extensive survey of 1543 farmers, exploring the basic associations farmers make with the term ‘food security’. Second, a novel methodological experiment in ‘deliberative polling’ undertaken with a group of 33 farmers in the area of Mid Devon, where farmers were polled on issues relating to food security discourse before and after a process of group discussion. Participants in the study are revealed as generally very alert to the emerging contours of the wider food security debate. Most aligned themselves with the normative goal of increasing the productive capacity of UK land resources, and asserted this concern in relation to wider issues of sustainable land use. However the study also reveals key discrepancies between policy appeals to food security and the values and priorities of farmers, not least through participant appeals to greater national self-determination in food supplies. This is viewed as a pretext upon which patterns of economically and socially viable local farming might be re-invigorated.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.02.002
Uncontrolled keywords: Food security; Farmer attitudes; Livestock farming; Deliberative polling; Self-sufficiency; Sustainable intensification
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Robert Fish
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 09:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50871 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Fish, R: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7198-0403
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