Oh Ani, how I love you.
Being in a damn good mood this morning, thanks to Ms. DiFranco, I’ve decided to share a bit more of my thesis with y’alls. The proposal has been done for weeks now (yes, i wrote it in a week) and haven’t really looked at it since. So its rough. Butttt I know my friends/family are getting impatient so here is the backbone just as a taste:
While the concept of ‘shared risk’ and its potential benefits are neither new nor progressive, this concept is worth investigating due to its central role in bridging a relationship between producers and consumers throughout the local food initiative, particularly amongst Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) relationships. Shared risk has been used as an effective selling point for many farmers involved in CSA ventures, by attracting shareholders (consumers) on the one hand and by prioritizing monetary investment in local foods as a less risky lifestyle on the other. The ways in which shared risk has been outwardly promoted carries with it three prevailing assumptions about the production of local foods. First, based on perception, this notion assumes that the current industrial, and more globally embedded food process is more risky, rendering the idea of the local as fundamentally less risky. Second, in relation to the productive processes, shared risk is assumed to be inherently equal, where there is a balance of risk being distributed proportionately between farmers and their buyers. And lastly, in relation to transaction, this relationship assumes a direct correlation between increased monetary investment and diminished risk- the more investment from consumers corresponds to less productive risk for farmers. Indeed, the concept of shared risk is both convoluted and normalized, requiring further clarification.
The objective of this research, therefore, is to examine the ways in which CSA farmers construct the notion of risk. And more importantly, to determine the factors involve that give rise to the collective identification and definition of risk among CSA farmers (Strydom, 2002). With a focus on the Ottawa-area CSAs I hope to use this research to gain a better understanding of how social interactions throughout the productive and distributive processes of CSAs define the notion of shared risk. The central questions of this research are; what is risk, and how is it defined in this context? Is this conceptualization of risk commensurate to the idea of sharing? And, what is actually being shared?
Das all for now folksss