Université de Neuchâtel

Blind spots in agri-environmental governance: some reflections and suggestions from Switzerland

Forney, Jérémie

In: Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies, 2016, vol. 97, no. 1, p. 1

Attempts of making our food systems more sustainable have (partly) failed. Food production still contributes significantly to biodiversity losses, global warming and depletion of natural resources. Based on the postulation that this failure in the governance of environmental issues in agri-food systems relates notably to social and cultural aspects, this paper explores the literature in the...

Université de Neuchâtel

Introducing ‘seeds of change’ into the food system? Localisation strategies in the Swiss dairy industry

Häberli, Isabel ; Forney, Jérémie

In: Sociologia Ruralis : Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology, 2016, vol. 56, no. 2, p. 135-156

The Swiss dairy-farming sector faces challenging times after the removal of milk quotas. In this context, several cooperative/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 paper looks at the social construction and negotiation of ‘the local’ within three...

Université de Neuchâtel

Farmer autonomy and the farming self. Journal of Rural Studies

Stock, Paul V. ; Forney, Jérémie

In: Journal of Rural Studies, 2014, vol. 36, p. 160-171

Drawing on interviews in Switzerland and New Zealand, we explore the concept of autonomy as part of a farming self. The farming self encompasses the dialectical relationship of autonomy as both value and tool that help us understand farmers within a wider set of economic, environmental and interpersonal relations. Farmers describe autonomy as a value in three related but slightly different ways....