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Who gives? Non-commercial distribution networks in domestic food production in the inland north of Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8143-123x
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0009-0006-2972-7512
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8439-2640
2024 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 16, no 6, article id 2300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the social context of “domestic food production” (dfp) in the inland North of Sweden, with a focus on understanding the contributions of non-commercial food distribution to local food security and sustainable rural community-building. We report on the findings of an exploratory pilot study that included an online survey of 305 people who engaged in at least one dfp activity (hunting, fishing, foraging, or farming). The aims were to uncover common social practices of dfp, as well as to identify key values attached to dfp, the extent of commercial and non-commercial distribution of home-produced food, and motivations to give away food. The main findings emphasize the social nature of dfp activities, with the vast majority of respondents undertaking dfp in groups or as part of formal clubs. Key values attached to dfp included social and community-related aspects, while commercial interests were limited. Respondents were more likely to engage in non-commercial distribution networks, usually involving close family and friends. Food givers mostly cited social factors as their main motivations rather than other food-related aspects (such as food security, health benefits, or food waste). Food givers were also likely to receive food from others, emphasizing the relatively narrow and reciprocal character of non-commercial food networks. We conclude that non-commercial dfp networks may be expanded to the broader community by exploiting the social nature of dfp and encouraging generalized reciprocity led by dfp clubs. This could potentially reduce the negative impacts of food deserts whilst also stimulating community interactions, learning and local dfp communities of practice.

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MDPI, 2024. Vol. 16, no 6, article id 2300
Keywords [en]
domestic food production, non-commercial food networks, informal food sharing, food security
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-222556DOI: 10.3390/su16062300ISI: 001192996100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85189024452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-222556DiVA, id: diva2:1846013
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2017-00828Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00352The Kamprad Family Foundation, 2022-0029Available from: 2024-03-21 Created: 2024-03-21 Last updated: 2024-04-22Bibliographically approved

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