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

Authors

Erika Heiberg and Karen Lykke Syse

Abstract

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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