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Nature’s Market?

A Review of Organic Certification

Shaila Seshia Galvin

As organic food becomes more widely available, great faith is placed on the seal or logo that certifies organic status. This article treats the mark of certification as a starting rather than an end point, critically reviewing literature from diverse national and regional contexts. Exploring questions concerning the extent to which organic certification assists or undermines the goal of ecological sustainability, abets the advance of large-scale agricultural capital, and supports the livelihood of smallholder farmers, the article considers the theoretical foundations, methodologies and modes of inquiry that have guided studies of organic agriculture and certification. It brings this research into conversation with literatures on audit cultures, quality, and with ongoing nature-culture debates. Through critical review of the literature and the author's extensive fieldwork with organic smallholders in northern India, the article suggests possible directions in which the literature may be expanded and advanced.

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Affective Solidarities?

Participating in and Witnessing Fair Trade and Women’s Empowerment in Transnational Communities of Practice

Debarati Sen

their own who decided to spend a week or two on a sustainable farm. Some had searched online for places where they could participate in fair trade initiatives. They were interested in organic agriculture in the global South and came to experience it on

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Aaron Freundschuh, Jonah D. Levy, Patricia Lorcin, Alexis Spire, Steven Zdatny, Caroline Ford, Minayo Nasiali, George Ross, William Poulin-Deltour, and Kathryn Kleppinger

proponents of organic agriculture were also proponents of the eugenic movement and some had ties to Vichy. To this extent they came from a conservative fringe whose pursuit of an alternative ideal stemmed in part from their desire to promote quality to

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Marian Simon-Rojo, Inés Morales Bernardos, and Jon Sanz Landaluze

places for environmental and social awareness ( Llobera 2014 ). Agroecological Urban Farmers In this group we include those practitioners who undertake organic agricultural practices and are engaged in direct selling and/or short supply chains connected

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Capacity as Aggregation

Promises, Water and a Form of Collective Care in Northeast Brazil

Andrea Ballestero

Secretariat. Train agricultural engineers, foresters, agricultural technicians and rural training managers on organic agriculture, alternative plague management, 184 events, one per municipality. By: Agriculture Secretariat. In this documentation process, the

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Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison

Rachel Douglas-Jones and Justin Shaffner

:// . 2 ‘Capacity Building for Resilient Agriculture in the Pacific’, Poetcom.

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Michael Sheridan

takes to cross symbolic and social domains. In environmental studies, topics such as ecosystem conservation, organic agriculture, and spiritual ecology do not make much sense without boundaries of land administration, agricultural practice, and

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Extractive Conservation

Peasant Agroecological Systems as New Frontiers of Exploitation?

Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert and Peter Clausing

-4457.2013.00561.x . Badgley , Catherine , Jeremy Moghtader , Eileen Quintero , Emily Zakem , M. Jahi Chappell , Katia Avilés-Vázquez , Andrea Samulon , and Ivette Perfecto . 2007 . “ Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply .” Renewable