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Uncovering changing prescriptions and practices around organic agriculture in Metro Manila, the Philippines

The recent article published in the journal “Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems” has resulted from the SNIS Project “(Un)sustainable Food Consumption Patterns in South/South East Asia”. The authors (Marlyne Sahakian, Tiphaine Leuzingerand Czarina Saloma) consider through the lens of social practice theories the emergence of organic food in the Philippines and relate this to sustainable food production and consumption. In particular, they analyze the various practices of groups engaged in “organic” food production and consumption in the capital region, Metro Manila—in a country that has a vibrant organic agriculture movement and which has recently introduced a national law promoting organic food. Using qualitative data, the researchers assess the development of new prescriptions or guidelines and the tensions that arise between prescriptions and public policies. They argue that, as people take on new competencies and meanings in relation to organic produce, social inequalities among consumers are highlighted, affecting the trajectories of organic food.

 

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