Exploring the organic agriculture practice in Mexico: an opportunity for small-scale farmers to feed themselves

We examine how organic farming practiced by small farmers in rural zones in Mexico could build a self-sufficient food system. We hold the hypothesis that the promotion of the local consumption of organic produce is an alternative to strengthen the local economy needed to sustain food self-sufficiency. The hypothesis stands against export oriented market and high external input technology of industrial agriculture that erodes small-scale farmers’ ability for self-sufficient food. Firstly, a debate about how organic farming systems promote local economies is presented, drawing on sustainable agriculture approach. Organic agriculture seems to be a suitable alternative for small-scale farmers because it allegedly diminishes financial vulnerabilities since they drop chemicals and external scientific assistance costs. Secondly, by analyzing some interviews to consumers in Mexico City, and documentary sources, we characterize the socio-economic networks supporting the organic practice in the country. Finally, we trace perspectives and conclusions of this alternative.

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