Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an agricultural and socio-economic model in which farmers and consumers mutually support and share both risks and benefits of food production. In this model, members pay their annual membership fee at the beginning of the growing season so that farmers find it unnecessary to borrow money from the bank for operating costs. The advantages of the membership for the CSA members include increased food security and access to high quality food. A literature review reveals that CSA members have a deep concern for food safety and sustainable agriculture. CSA members tend to be more health-conscious and have a high level of concern for sustainable agriculture. However, the precise methods of what constitutes sustainable agriculture still remain unclear. This paper presents a case study of one Japanese CSA farm’s contribution to defining sustainable agricultural practices. The main purpose of this research is to investigate how CSA members’ interest in sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability influences the practical methods of the CSA’s operations. On non-CSA farms the same degree of consumer interest does not exist and thus it is more difficult to measure the impact of consumer preference on methods of agricultural production.
|Keywords:||CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, Local Environment, Farming|
Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University, Hiyoshi, Yokohama, Japan
professor, Graduate school of System Design and Management, Keio University, Hiyoshi, Yokohama, Japan
Researcher, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, USA
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