The Family Farm

Model for the Future or Relic of the Past?

Authored by: Gianluca Brunori , Fabio Bartolini

Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804371
eBook ISBN: 9781315753041
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619864

10.4324/9781315753041.ch16

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Abstract

Family farming produces most of the food in the world. But this family farming is about much more than just production. It is about transmitting knowledge from generation to generation benefitting families and communities. It is about respecting and valuing local tradition, customs and culture. It is about improving nutrition and providing healthier diets based on fresh food, fruits and vegetables. It is about linking production to families, to schools, to communities. It is about territorial development. And it is about sustainability. Nothing comes closer to the sustainable development paradigm in food systems than family farming.

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