Enacting food sovereignty: values and meanings in the act of domestic food production in urban Australia

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Larder, Nicolette
Lyons, Kristen
Woolcock, Geoffrey
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2014
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This article brings to light one aspect of alternative agri-food practices by exploring the values and meanings domestic food producers associate with their actions, thereby making a small contribution to increasing understanding of the act of urban backyard food production. While Australian backyards have long been productive spaces, there has been little examination of this phenomenon in the Australian context. Limited quantitative data give some insight into the extent of domestic production, and while there is an increasing interest in certain aspects of the local food system, including community gardens and farmers markets, there is a dearth of literature that explores the contemporary act of domestic production. This work seeks to situate the act of domestic production within the broader movement calling for change within the global food system, particularly that being articulated by the food sovereignty movement. Drawing on Gibson-Graham's diverse economies framework, and through interviews with eight domestic food producers in one Australian city, this work finds that the act of growing food at home offers space for hope - where small acts can be seen as part of the broader food sovereignty movement seeking to remake our food system.

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Local Environment

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19

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1

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Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified

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Built Environment and Design

Studies in Human Society

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