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Different farming styles behind the homogenous soy production in southern Brazil

(2016) JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES. 43(2). p.396-418
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Soy is often perceived as a typical example of a homogenous capitalist agricultural model that is responsible for ecological damage and social conflicts. But this monolithic perception of soy production can be challenged: more than 30 percent of the soy producers in Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) are family farmers. In this contribution, we study soy production, the soy producers and their institutional environment from an actor-oriented perspective. We have uncovered different farming styles behind soy production: the colonial farmer, the niche farmer and the entrepreneurial farmer. The farming styles differ from each other not only in the farming system, but also in attitudes (for example, towards the forest). We found that the institutional environment and the technology are mainly focused on the entrepreneurial farmer. However, also, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) neglect the existence of small-scale soy producers. These results have several repercussions for further analysis of this problematic crop and how it can shift towards a more sustainable agricultural production model as small-scale farmers might produce soy more sustainably.
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actor-oriented approach, farming styles, Brazilian soy production, food regime, FOOD REGIME, AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY, LAND GRAB, AMAZON, CONSTRUCTION, CONSERVATION, POLITICS, SOYBEANS, FRONTIER, CERRADO

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Vander Vennet, Bert, Sergio Schneider, and Joost Dessein. 2016. “Different Farming Styles Behind the Homogenous Soy Production in Southern Brazil.” Journal of Peasant Studies 43 (2): 396–418.
APA
Vander Vennet, B., Schneider, S., & Dessein, J. (2016). Different farming styles behind the homogenous soy production in southern Brazil. JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES, 43(2), 396–418.
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Vander Vennet B, Schneider S, Dessein J. Different farming styles behind the homogenous soy production in southern Brazil. JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES. 2016;43(2):396–418.
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Vander Vennet, Bert, Sergio Schneider, and Joost Dessein. “Different Farming Styles Behind the Homogenous Soy Production in Southern Brazil.” JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES 43.2 (2016): 396–418. Print.
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  abstract     = {Soy is often perceived as a typical example of a homogenous capitalist agricultural model that is responsible for ecological damage and social conflicts. But this monolithic perception of soy production can be challenged: more than 30 percent of the soy producers in Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) are family farmers. In this contribution, we study soy production, the soy producers and their institutional environment from an actor-oriented perspective. We have uncovered different farming styles behind soy production: the colonial farmer, the niche farmer and the entrepreneurial farmer. The farming styles differ from each other not only in the farming system, but also in attitudes (for example, towards the forest). We found that the institutional environment and the technology are mainly focused on the entrepreneurial farmer. However, also, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) neglect the existence of small-scale soy producers. These results have several repercussions for further analysis of this problematic crop and how it can shift towards a more sustainable agricultural production model as small-scale farmers might produce soy more sustainably.},
  author       = {Vander Vennet, Bert and Schneider, Sergio and Dessein, Joost},
  issn         = {0306-6150},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES},
  keyword      = {actor-oriented approach,farming styles,Brazilian soy production,food regime,FOOD REGIME,AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY,LAND GRAB,AMAZON,CONSTRUCTION,CONSERVATION,POLITICS,SOYBEANS,FRONTIER,CERRADO},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {396--418},
  title        = {Different farming styles behind the homogenous soy production in southern Brazil},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2014.993319},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2016},
}

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