Gendered elements of the alternative agriculture paradigm
Flora, Cornelia B.
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The authors suggest that the alternative agriculture paradigm has been essential in the shift to sustainable agriculture, but that it leaves out critical elements in lacking a gendered perspective. Interviews with women farmers working with sustainable agriculture indicate that they identify with many of the elements of the alternative agriculture paradigm, but with some distinctly different experiences based on their gendered location within agricultural and food production. They also identified quality of family life and spirituality as two indicators which have been left out of the paradigm but are necessary for a complete understanding and achievement of sustainable agriculture.