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‘What we'd like is a CSA in every town.’ Scaling community supported agriculture across the UK

Bonfert, Bernd 2022. ‘What we'd like is a CSA in every town.’ Scaling community supported agriculture across the UK. Journal of Rural Studies 94 , pp. 499-508. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.07.013

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As the Covid-19 pandemic exposes the vulnerabilities of our globalised agri-food system, local sustainable food alternatives, such as community-supported agriculture (CSA), are on the rise. In CSA local farmers and households co-produce food sustainably and independently of the market. CSA's benefits and shortcomings are well-understood but we know little about how larger CSA networks can expand and consolidate the practice at scale. This paper investigates the UK CSA network, showing its ability to upscale, outscale and downscale CSA through institutionalisation, replication and politicization, before discussing the network's strategic limitations and dependencies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0743-0167
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 August 2022
Date of Acceptance: 28 July 2022
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2023 17:09

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