Community supported agriculture, UA, neoliberal politics
This essay investigates what motivates members' in joining and remaining in the CSA. It also investigates the ability of CSA program to develop social capital within the surrounding community. Farm is an important asset to the UBC community since its value increase with time and its availability decreases with increase development. This essay examines how the farm's CSA program relates to neoliberal politics and economics in urban areas. This includes the development of community assets, community education, and increased accessibility to local foods.
Although studies support claims that UA radically changes urban political and economic systems, modern research does not support that UA can play a significant role in promoting community interactions and development. In the light with this argument, this essay will discuss the role of urban agriculture as a means of developing social capital within communities rather than means of increasing food security, and reducing economic injustice. Among the issues that would be discussed includes; issues of securing space in the Neoliberal city, and the development of social capital in order to secure land. Social capital would be defined in relation to UA in four major ways.
[...] Increasing economic globalization and high rate of spread of neo- liberalism have changed agriculture across the world. Neo-liberalism is a flexible and a constantly changing program me to boost capital accumulation. Some of its poignant features include free market, flexible labor laws, privatization, and deregulation. Urban economics has led to increasing investments in real estates, improved transportation technologies and increase in population density. Factors such as; the land economic value, productivity rate, and urbanization of the nearby environment directly affects social capital. [...]
[...] Introduction Community supported agriculture connects farmers and consumers forming a partnership scenario. This creates an alternative to locally based models of economics and food distribution. Under such partnership, CSA members purchase a share in the farm at the beginning of the season and later receive a weekly box of produce during the growing season. It helps farmers by providing them with income early in the season when the costs of startup are high. It also guarantees market for the farmers produces. [...]
[...] Thus, the community will effectively secure the location and the long-term operation of the farm. Reference Bennett, C. F., & Washington State University. (2009). Reevaluating the community-building potential of community supported agriculture A case study of the Washington State University CSA program. Pullman, Wash: Washington State University. [...]
[...] UBC farm in collaboration with community shared agriculture program should come up with a project designed to meet the needs of the community. In addition for UBC farm to be more productive, they require relevant information thus the need for CSA program. CSA program can be used to develop social capital within the surrounding community by securing farm as an important factor of production. Problem Statement The project determines what motivates a member in joining a CSA program within UBC farm. [...]
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