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8/ Is it relevant to talk about ‘alternative’ agrifood networks?

Key Points:

  • Alternative and conventional agrifood networks are not separate spheres functioning in radically different ways.
  • Alternative agrifood networks are characterised by a promise of difference in the projects of those who promote them.
  • This promise of difference spurs the formulation of specific rules that are interlaced in various ways with conventional rules.
  • Upscaling of alternative agrifood networks does not necessarily lead to their ’conventionalisation’.

Author:
Ronan Le Velly, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR Innovation, Montpellier

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