Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Tale of Two Tomatoes: Case Studies of Arizona's Food System
by Lingo, Erin Linnea, M.A., Prescott College, 2012, 135; 1531147
Abstract (Summary)

What is agricultural sustainability, and how do we measure and quantify it? The widely used term has become diluted with use, is broadly defined, and existing metrics tend to focus on a single or limited spectrum of indicators, or too many to be appealing to a small farm. This study proposes an answer to this problem by framing a discussion around the varying notions of sustainability as applied to agro ecosystems; with feedback from customers and farmers, I identified indicators for assessing agricultural sustainability and applied this metric to two Arizona greenhouse tomato producers. No magic solution to agricultural sustainability was found; rather, the research specifically addresses the diversity of solutions within the sustainability movement. The appropriateness of the tomato farms' different practices are thoroughly discussed within their given ecological context while still holding them accountable to a high and specific standard of sustainability. The result is a sustainability standard easily applied by small producers to assess their own sustainability.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gershuny, Grace
Commitee: Crews, Timothy, Sherman, Peter M.
School: Prescott College
Department: Environmental Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Food Science, Agriculture, Agricultural economics, Sustainability
Keywords: Agriculture, Arizona, Local, Small-scale, Standard, Sustainability
Publication Number: 1531147
ISBN: 978-1-267-82525-4
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