What is Sustainable Agriculture? Critical Analysis of the International Political Discourse

Janker, Judith; Mann, Stefan; Rist, Stephan (2018). What is Sustainable Agriculture? Critical Analysis of the International Political Discourse. Sustainability, 10(12), p. 4707. MDPI 10.3390/su10124707

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The concepts, ‘sustainable development’ and ‘sustainable agriculture’, have been shaped by both political discourses of the United Nations and scientific discourses. Using critical discourse and content analysis, we trace the meaning of ‘sustainable agriculture’ in both international political and in scientific discourses to examine and identify key elements of the representation of sustainable agriculture. We found that the meanings of the concept of sustainable agriculture vary markedly: International political actors primarily produce discourses on sustainable development in agriculture and on sustainable agricultural intensification. Scientists tend to emphasise issues of environmental management. Based on our findings, we highlight the differences in the meaning of sustainable agriculture between the political and scientific discourses and attempt to explain them. In addition, discursive gaps are shown that have the potential to hinder the systematic operationalization of ‘sustainable agriculture’, such as the integration of a social dimension of sustainable agriculture.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Rist, Stephan

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

2071-1050

Publisher:

MDPI

Projects:

[437] Towards food sustainability Official URL
[805] Sustainability Governance

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

18 Sep 2019 10:45

Last Modified:

18 Sep 2019 10:45

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/su10124707

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.131282

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/131282

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