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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Prospects for the future: Community supported agriculture in Hungary Bálint Balázs, György Pataki, Orsolya Lazányi Published: 01 October 2016
Futures, doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2016.03.005
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Highlights•Futures studies have rarely analysed examples to understand the spectrum of localised, alternative futures.•Mixed method case studies of farmers-led community supported agriculture from Hungary illustrate that farmers play a critical role in creating healthy, diverse, and joyful future food communities.•Weak civic engagement and difficulties to trust others push CSA farmers to take on the extra work to nurture bonds of affinity and shape sustainable food futures.•The implications for futures studies are discussed. AbstractAlternative food supply systems have been a subject of increasing interest for many decades in various perspectives of food and agriculture studies. This paper contributes to the discussion by examining how farmer led Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement in Hungary creates an alternative in the dominant food regime. To examine CSAs future potentials, semi-structured interviews with producers, consumers-members, and experts, a consumer-member survey, and secondary data sources were utilized. We analyse ambiguities or uncertainties of production, logistics, economic viability, and community formation to sort out social and material practices that co-produce goods and values centred on sustainability. We conclude that CSAs create open and democratic spaces of active and direct producer-consumer cooperation and thus present a model for rethinking our food system. However the scaling up of these experiences is the main challenge today.