Erika Heiberg and Karen Lykke Syse: Farming autonomy: Canadian beef farmers reclaiming the grass through management-intensive grazing practices

In Organic Agriculture, 2020.

Organic Agriculture


Erika Heiberg and Karen Lykke Syse


This qualitative study asks farmers in Alberta, Canada, what are their motivations for using a practice in beef production called management-intensive grazing (MIG). By adopting this practice, these farmers engage in strategies of diversification and co-production that increase the autonomy and resilience of their farms. MIG allows farmers to defy conventional agricultural practice and engage in what can be labelled a repeasantization process, a process that contributes to the discussion about conventional farming versus agroecology.

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