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Book Chapter




sustainability, agriculture, government policy, food culture




Agricultural Economics | Agricultural Education | Environmental Studies | Food Science | Food Security | Food Studies | Nutrition | Sociology


The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is a viable strategy in dealing with some contemporary problems known both in industrial and developing countries. Addressed is how local populations could reach certain objectives and satisfy certain needs using techniques characteristic of SSE and, thus, carve out a social and economic space of their own vis-à-vis anonymous markets, global actors, local and national elites. Illustrated further is this strategy on the example of Urban Agriculture Basel, a unit of the Social Economy Basel. Within this self governed space, it is suggested, a path can be laid for the necessary transition towards local, social and ecological sustainability. The Social Economy Basel (SEB, founded 1996) and Urban Agriculture Basel (founded 2010) serve as an example to suggest how SSE principles could be operationalized into organizational practice.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Food Utopias: Reimagining Citizenship, Ethics and Community on January 15, 2015, available online:

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