Community supported agriculture in urban settings: a way for better understanding and implementation of sustainability - a Norwegian experience
In Norway only 3% of the land is cultivated. Population is like trends elsewhere, concentrated towards more urban settings. Urban citizens take action for sustainable development through producing some of their own food. Politics protect land resources for agriculture, but agricultural areas are still decreasing. The official goal of 15% production and market shares of organic products in 2020 can stimulate urban farming. Literature states how people carries out goals for sustainability in a practical approach. The eagerness to grow food is underlined by the growth of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) from a single one in 2006 to more than 50 in 2016. Market statistics illustrates that majority of organic food in Norway is distributed in alternative channels like CSAs, Farmers market or directly from the farms. Compared to other Scandinavian countries the common market chains for organic food are less developed in Norway. Consumers motivation for participating in CSA is food security, environment and to control the food chain. CSA farmers are motivated by minimizing the economic risk and solitude. CSAs are mostly located in urban surroundings and directed by a farmer or a gardener. Consumers in the cities also initiate CSAs. The visibility and learning by doing makes a comprehensive demonstration of sustainability.
Friis Pedersen, S. (2017). Community supported agriculture in urban settings: a way for better understanding and implementation of sustainability - a Norwegian experience. Acta Hortic. 1189, 419-422
CSA, urban farming, lifestyle, consumer's involvement, organic agriculture