Chapter 16: Challenging the agro-industrial governance of land use rights: the experience of community-supported agriculture in peri-urban Flanders
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The global dynamic of rapid urbanisation and fast-growing economies of many cities have triggered a growing global market around food provision characterised by large-scale, extractive and industrialised practices. This paradoxically generates more conditions of food insecurity for urban populations and puts pressure on natural resources as well as on traditional farming. In this context, there is a growing need to understand the role of food (production) in the transformation of urban (land use) systems and vice versa, and to consider the role of increasingly concerned and aware farmers and consumers in this transformation. One effort gaining momentum is the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement. The chapter examines to what extent the CSA initiative is socially innovative and capable of transforming current (local) Flemish agro-industrial mechanisms and its system of governing Land Use Rights (LURs). It appears that the CSA initiative has operationalised new concepts and practices of sharing land uses and LURs towards a more sustainable relation between people, food and land, but that existing agro-industrial mechanisms are persistent.

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