Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Department of Geography
Sarah J. Halvorson
David Shively, Kevin McManigal, Joshua Slotnick
Finland, agriculture, organic, community supported agriculture, urban, food chain
University of Montana
Agricultural and Resource Economics | Human Geography | Nature and Society Relations
Finland’s agricultural landscape and food production systems have deep societal roots and intimate connections to the Finnish cultural identity. The thesis explores this cultural heritage through an examination of grassroots food distribution networks rapidly diffusing across Finland and an examination of urban agricultural practices in the capital city of Helsinki. This thesis aims to address the following questions: (1) What is the role of grassroots food distribution networks in Finland, and to what extent are they creating alternative farmer-consumer linkages that support eating local? (2) How is urban agriculture structured and organized in Helsinki and within the broader context of the Finnish foodshed? (3) How do Finnish people express and reinforce their food heritage and cultural values through engagement with and participation in the urban agricultural sector?
Data drawn from fieldwork, numerous interviews, and policy analysis suggest that grassroots food distribution networks and the Helsinki urban agricultural sector are enlarging and working to overcome economic and environmental limitations with creative utilization of new strategies and reinvigoration of existing projects. Food distribution networks operating outside of the dominant food chain serve to (re)localize food procurement choices in Finland and honor the cultural values associated with food. In addition, urban agriculture is steadily emerging as one of the agricultural activities in Finland that supports the concept of eating local, which is perceived as being integral to the Finnish food heritage and to maintaining cultural sustainability.
Albov, Sophia E., "(RE)LOCALIZING FINLAND’S FOODSHED: GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS IN FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND URBAN AGRICULTURE" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4542.
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