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dc.contributor.authorCoombs, Brad
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Hugh
dc.identifier.citationCoombs, B., & Campbell, H. (1998). Dependant Reproduction of Alternative Modes of Agriculture: Organic Farming in New Zealand. Sociologia Ruralis, 38(2), 127–145. doi:10.1111/1467-9523.00068en
dc.description.abstractRecent studies of organic agriculture are characterized by an assumption that it is relatively easy for agribusiness to transform the meaning of organic food and marginalize the position of small-scale organic producers. In this paper, it is argued that such studies pay insufficient attention to the contradictions and limitations of capitalist agriculture as established in recent and classical formulations of the agrarian question. Attempts to liberate international trade and globalize the food system, which are particularly evident in New Zealand, result in disruption of food security and quality, so the agrarian question remains central in contemporary agri-food research. Tempered by biological conditions and associated with alternative social groups, organic production is strongly influenced by those forces which comprise the agrarian question, so attempts by agribusiness to manipulate the organic industry are fraught with contradiction. Research findings from four regional case studies in New Zealand show that small-scale organic producers are persistent, despite the increasing involvement of agribusiness in organic agriculture.en_NZ
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishersen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofSociologia Ruralisen_NZ
dc.subjectOrganic agricultureen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectfood exportingen_NZ
dc.subjectcorporate agribusinessen_NZ
dc.subjectcapitalist agricultureen_NZ
dc.titleDependant Reproduction of Alternative Modes of Agriculture: Organic Farming in New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolCentre for Sustainabilityen_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
dc.rights.statement©1998 European Society for Rural Sociologyen_NZ
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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