Agro-food consumption patterns to favour social and economical resilience

Losantos, P. & Espelt Rodrigo, R. (2013). Agro-food consumption patterns to favour social and economical resilience. In Rural resilience and vulnerability: The rural as locus of solidarity and conflict in times of crisis, 173-174. Proceedings of the XXV ESRS Congress, Florence, Italy, 2013. Pisa: Laboratorio di studi rurali SISMONDI. Retrieved September 08, 2013 from

ABSTRACT: We can distinguish two different approaches to agro-food consumption. The main model follows the value chain nutrition rules and it is focused on establishing the quality and product pricestability. At the same time, strengthening the short circuits of commercialization is significant, as an alternative to the main model. These initiatives, which have different working matters, promote the roll to involve consumers in the consequences of their consumption habits. In addition, these types of consumers value direct connection between producers and local stakeholders. In the context of network Society, ICT adoptions offer a tool to organize these short circuits of commercialization business. This article studies the case of the municipality of Sant Cugat del Vallès, located close to Barcelona metropolitan area and where we can recognise much of the short circuit of commercialization patterns. On the one hand, we are evaluating if the proliferation of these initiatives into the proximity territory can offer a consumption alternative thanks to the interaction between producers and consumers. On the other hand, taking into account the Case of Sant Cugat del Vallès, we are going to analyse the significance of a new pattern between rural and urban space relations through agro-food consumption.