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Introducing ‘Seeds of Change’ into the Food System? Localisation Strategies in the Swiss Dairy Industry

Jérémie Forney & Isabel Häberli

Résumé The Swiss dairy-farming sector faces challenging times after the removal of milk quotas. In this context, several cooperative and federative structures have developed new strategies to improve the situation of dairy farmers. Local products play an important role in these strategies. Based on ethnographic work, this article looks at the social construction and negotiation of ‘the local’ in three case studies. Firstly, we show what diverging geographical and moral definitions of the local emerge from the development of these localised food networks. Then we look at how the various moralities of the local in turn contribute to the transformation of the actors' position in the broader food system. Finally, we argue that apparently narrow economic strategies might open new paths for more transformative developments based on alternative values such as regional development, solidarity and identity.
   
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Citation Forney, J., & Häberli, I. (2014). Introducing ‘Seeds of Change’ into the Food System? Localisation Strategies in the Swiss Dairy Industry. Sociologia Ruralis, 56(2), 135-156.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 3-12-2014
Nom du périodique Sociologia Ruralis
Volume 56
Numéro 2
Pages 135-156
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soru.12072/full