Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
Invited - Oral Presentation Session
The Emporda region in the north of Catalonia (Spain) has seen the emergence, in the last 20 years, of small-scale farming which is an alternative to conventional agriculture and which combines an increasing use of ecological practices and a regional approach to food production. How the alternative farmers have succeeded in combining these two processes? What changes unfolded? What are the values that guide them in their practices? What are the social and economic repercussions of these initiatives? Based on a political ecology of hope, this presentation explores the recent environmental changes in the Emporda region. The socio-economic and political context in which they have taken root represents the foundation on which small-scale, alternative farmers are basing their practices and their discourse. Our analysis revealed that they have their own unique model which combines the sea and the mountain, albeit somewhat ambiguously. As such, they shed light on the tensions and paradoxes that are inherent in this “alternative, ecological” model.