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Interfaces of school food procurement and family farming: the social constitution of the “30% Law” 11947/2009
Vicente-Almazan, C. ; Schneider, S. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Sherwood, S.G. - \ 2016
In: ALIMENTAÇÃO ESCOLAR construindo interfaces entre saúde, educação e desenvolvimento, Edition: 1ª, Chapter: 5, Publisher: Argos, Editors: Carla Rosane Paz Arruda Teo, Rozane Marcia Triches / Paz Arruda Teo, Carla Rosane, Triches, Rozane Marcia, Argos - p. 148 - 162.
Lessons learned from a qualitative sustainability assessment method “Farm Talks”
Olde, E.M. de; Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Oudshoorn, Frank W. ; Sorensen, C.A.G. - \ 2016
In: Book of abstracts 12th European IFSA Symposium. - - 12 p.
This paper presents a qualitative peer review “Farm Talks” method which stimulates farmers’ learning beyond existing quantitative sustainability assessment tools. Farm Talks were started in 2008 by the biodynamic farming association and the Demeter organization in the Netherlands as a qualitative alternative to support learning and awareness on sustainability and biodynamic principles. In each Farm Talk, a farm is visited by a small group of colleagues and a facilitator to discuss farming practices and to explore how the farm could develop its sustainability performance. The Farm Talks method presents a novel approach to sustainability assessments in agriculture and enables farmers to define what they consider important for sustainable and biodynamic farming. The development of the method went through several phases of readjustments based on feedback from farmers and facilitators, and experiences from practice. The initial combination of learning and performance functions in Farm Talks caused tensions. Given the focus on individual farm development, the method continued as a learning and process-oriented method. A precondition for such an approach is the willingness of farmers to participate and actively engage. The method enables farmers to define actions for improvement based on their intrinsic motivation.
Inspired by peers: Farm Talks in biodynamic agriculture
Olde, E.M. de; Derkzen, P.H.M. - \ 2016
Farming Matters 32 (2016)1. - ISSN 2210-6499 - p. 34 - 36.
certification - biodynamic farming - sustainability - certificering - biologisch-dynamische landbouw - duurzaamheid (sustainability)
In the Netherlands, a peer review method for farmers
arose as an alternative to the biodynamic certification
system. By collectively observing and discussing sitespecific
challenges, these biodynamic farmers experience
first-hand the power of collaboration and drive
commitment to sustainability beyond the standards of
biodynamic certification.
Eén buurttuin, twee gemeenschappen : Een case study
Veen, E.J. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Bock, B.B. ; Visser, A.J. ; Wiskerke, J.S.C. - \ 2016
Sociologie 12 (2016)1. - ISSN 1574-3314 - p. 31 - 65.
buurttuinen - gemeenschapsvorming - verbondenheid - uitsluiting - sociale identiteit
One community garden, two communities: a case study
Community gardens are associated with a variety of societal benefits. They are considered to create social cohesion and contribute to community building. In this paper we show that the communities that are being created or strengthened on such gardens are not singular, but complex and multiple. In our analysis we build on the work of Blokland (2003). We present a specific community garden in the Netherlands, which is being used by three different groups of people. The garden fulfils the function of a meeting space for two of those groups, that way strengthening internal cohesion. However, both groups assign people to categories (‘us’ and ‘them’) on the basis of place of residence, thus strengthening their social identities. Ownership over the garden is both an outcome and a tool in that struggle. This analysis gives insights into the different processes at play – of exclusion and separation on the one hand and of inclusion and rapprochement on the other – when a garden is used by more than one group. We conclude that shared presence does not necessarily lead to bridging social distances.
Shopping Versus Growing:Food Acquisition Habits of Dutch Urban Gardeners
Veen, E.J. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Visser, A.J. - \ 2014
Food and Foodways 22 (2014)4. - ISSN 0740-9710 - p. 268 - 299.
In this article, we explore how urban food growing gets interwoven with other areas of life and show how this differs between people actively engaged in gardening and people not or only limitedly involved. We compare four urban food-growing initiatives: two allotments and two Alternative Food Networks (AFNs); the AFNs do not require active participation. Using the theory of practice, we show that allotment gardeners are mainly involved in the practice of gardening. Having responsibility over a garden stimulates them to perform the gardening practice, turning it into a routine that has its place in everyday life. As a result, the harvest is easily integrated in the daily meal. Members of the AFNs studied engage in the practice of shopping. These AFNs therefore remain in competition with more convenient food acquisition venues such as supermarkets and members have difficulty eating from them regularly. We conclude that whether members are involved in shopping or growing impacts the degree to which they manage to eat urban-grown food. This also implies that motivations to change the current food system “only go so far”; such motivations are embedded in the context of everyday life, in which routines may forego conscious choices.
Methodology and Governance
Derkzen, Petra - \ 2012
Workshop: voedsel en de stad, wie doet wat?
Derkzen, Petra - \ 2012
Een hongerige stad? Zorgen voor/over voedsel
Derkzen, Petra - \ 2012
Traditioral foods and the construction of authenticity
Derkzen, Petra - \ 2012
Motivations, Refexivity and Food Provisioning in Alternative Food Networks: Case Studies in Two Medium-sized Towns in The Netherlands
Veen, E.J. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Wiskerke, J.S.C. - \ 2012
International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 19 (2012)3. - ISSN 0798-1759 - p. 365 - 382.
Grow your own is emerging as a trendy urban activity. Becoming involved in ‘farming’ inside the city is framed in the media, on the Internet and in policy discourse as an emergent food movement. In this article we look at food provisioning practices inside cities and situate these in the literature on alternative food networks, responding to two of Treager’s main critiques. We use the concept of ‘food provisioning practices’ to overcome the critique of producer–consumer dichotomy since the concept treats people holistically as people undertaking activities. Rather than assuming that involvement in AFNs does or should represent a radical political act for any of its participants, we disentangle the multiple beliefs and motivations – including the most mundane – of the actors involved in two cases. We find that, because people are required to be actively involved in the production of their food, participants of both cases are neither only producers nor only consumers; they are both. The gardens show a ‘sliding scale of producership’. Our research also shows that, although reflexive motivations are present, many participants are unwilling to frame their involvement as political, nor do all participants see themselves as part of a movement. Hence, although personal choices may become political, we have to be careful not to ascribe attributes to participants that they themselves do not formulate. Moreover, we found that mundane motivations are important as well, and that political articulations do not predict actual involvement perfectly. This means therefore, unlike what Watts et al. argue, that reflexivity is not necessarily connected to the strength of the network.
Nieuw duurzaam voedselbeleid ineffectieve strategie
Harmsen, T.H. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Jacobs, J.G.M. ; Kamp, A. van der; Staal, T.G. ; Zandbergen, van, J. ; Kukreja, R. ; Proos, R.M.W. - \ 2012
Openbaar Bestuur 22 (2012)8/9. - ISSN 0925-7322 - p. 27 - 32.
Food and the city: the challenge of urban food goverance
Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Morgan, K. - \ 2012
In: Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086861873 - p. 61 - 66.
How food travels to the public agenda
Plantinga, S. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. - \ 2012
In: Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice / Viljoen, A.M., Wiskerke, J.S.C., Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086861873 - p. 79 - 90.
Conceptualizing the acceptance of insect-based food ingredients in western diets
Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Dries, L.K.E. ; Pascucci, S. - \ 2011
We draw on a combination of food anthropology, food sociology and new institutional economics to conceptualise the relation between prevailing food cultures, institutional adaptations and the acceptance of food innovations by consumers. We stress the importance of the cultural-psychological dimension in the classification of the radicalness of food innovations. Furthermore, we link types of innovations (from incremental to radical) with the effect that they have at different institutional levels. In order to illustrate the usefulness of our conceptual framework we apply this framework to three scenario’s related to a specific food innovation – at least in Western societies – which is the eating of insects. The three scenarios represent different ways of introducing insects into western diets, where the scenarios are distinguished by the degree of radicalness of the innovation on each of the three dimensions.
Europees en nationaal plattelandsbeleid : een beknopte uiteenzetting over doelstellingen en maatregelen : achtergronddocument project ‘Zelfsturing en profit in de Noordelijke Friese Wouden’
Wiskerke, J.S.C. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. - \ 2011
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plattelandsbeleid - plattelandsontwikkeling - ontwikkelingsplannen - friese wouden - samenwerking - eu regelingen - rural policy - rural development - development plans - cooperation - eu regulations
In dit document een beknopt overzicht van het plattelandsbeleid op Europees, nationaal en provinciaal niveau. Dit beleid vormt (een deel van) het kader (zowel beperkend als mogelijkheden biedend) waarbinnen activiteiten en ambities van de Vereniging Noordelijke Friese Wouden plaatsvinden en dienen te worden gerealiseerd.
How food travels to the public agenda.
Plantinga, J.E. ; Derkzen, P.H.M. - \ 2010
Rural partnerships in Europe, a differentiated view frm a country perspective: the Netherlands and Wales
Derkzen, P.H.M. - \ 2010
European Urban and Regional Studies 17 (2010)1. - ISSN 0969-7764 - p. 17 - 30.
local-government - governance - power - participation - agenda - policy
In recent years partnership has become an established aspect of rural development across rural Europe. Both Wales and the Netherlands have seen similar trends towards more decentralized and territorial modes of rural governance in which policy networks of governmental and societal actors work together at a local or regional level to further rural development. Such networks are called ‘partnerships’ in English and ‘gebiedscommissies’ in Dutch. This paper addresses differences in the composition and organization of rural partnerships in these two countries and attributes the differences between them to the policy context in each country. Four policy factors are identified as contributing to the specific approach to partnership adopted in the two countries.The review sustains the presumption that in Dutch rural partnerships the integration discourse is more important than the participation discourse, which is more prominent in Wales.
Alternative geographics of food; food as an integrative link in the goverance triangle
Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Wiskerke, J.S.C. - \ 2009
Learning out of the box: University - community interaction for participatory design and development. Place-based methods and lessons from local innovation projects in rural areas in Denmark and the Netherlands
Derkzen, P.H.M. ; Lindegaard, K. - \ 2009
Book review on New Labour's Countryside. Rural Policy in Britain since 1997
Derkzen, P.H.M. - \ 2009
Sociologia Ruralis 49 (2009). - ISSN 0038-0199 - p. 199 - 200.
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