Journal article

Regaining Lost Ground: A Social Movement for Sustainable Food Systems in Java, Indonesia

Thomas Reuter, Graeme Macrae

Anthropology of Food | International Commission on the Anthropology of Food | Published : 2020


Since the 1960s, Indonesia has industrialised agriculture, following the model promoted by the global bio-tech research complex and development agencies. Alternative approaches favoured by local grassroots organisations and NGOs include solutions grounded in moral economic systems of communal solidarity, small-scale production, local knowledge and the localisation of distribution and consumption networks. To illustrate the viability of such alternatives, we explore new Indonesian farmers’ movements that seek to produce high-yield, high-quality low-cost food using ecologically responsible food production methods and ‘symbiotic cooperation’ strategies founded upon a moral economy ethos. Our ca..

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