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

Malgré une écologisation des politiques et des marchés, la production de notre alimentation continue de contribuer significativement à la détérioration de l’environnement. Cet article veut explorer les causes socio-culturelles de cet échec (partiel) de la gouvernance agro-environnementale (AEG). Un premier constat émerge de la littérature : la recherche sur l’AEG est généralement...

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....