The Future of Sustainability as a Product of the Present: Lessons from Modern Food in Ecuador

S.G. Sherwood, M.C. Paredes Chauca, J. Gross, M. Hammer

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Abstract

Drawing on historical research in the northern highlands of Ecuador, the authors summarize how 75 years of state-supported agricultural modernization and subsequent food policies have led to diverse, wide-scale socio-environmental decline. Despite this global trend, they find considerable heterogeneity in familylevel farming and food practices, with highly diverse and important implications for human health, economy and the environment. Following a study of ‘positive deviance’, they argue that certain production-consumption patterns are more sustainable than others, representing a time-proven, yet largely neglected resource for policy reform. Nevertheless, Ecuador’s investment in modern food poses formidable institutional challenges to change, while sparking increasingly influential social counter-movements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-103
JournalRivista di Studi sulla Sostenibilita
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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