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Agroecology and Community-supported agriculture

Main topic: Agroecology
Agroecology is the study and application of ecological processes in agricultural activities. Community-supported agriculture (in North America sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) (CSA) is an example of application of agroecology as alternative, locally-based socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution.

An association of individuals support one or more local farms for producing their requirement of vegetables and fruits. Farmers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production and usually on the onset of harvesting season they receive their weekly share of vegetables and fruits.

Community-supported agriculture eliminates the marketing risks, costs, time and labor for the producers and allows them to focus on Agroecological principles in care of the soils, crops, animals, environment as well as on serving nutritiously high-quality produce to consumers. The prior contribution gives financial stability in community-shared agriculture allowing for thorough planning on the part of the farmer.

In Community-supported agriculture there is close consumer-producer relationship. As the members usually live in close proximity of the farm, the costs in transportation and storage are minimal and the produce is obtained in fresh condition. A disadvantage in this system is that the consumer also has to share the risks involved.
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Description Community grown vegetables
Date7 December 2008 (original upload date)
Source Original uploader was Hysilvinia at en.wikipedia
Modified by User:Mahmood
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