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DIVERSIFOOD Final Congress - Session 4 - From variety selection practices to ecological justice - Corentin Hecquet

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From variety selection practices to ecological justice
by Corentin Hecquet, Univ. de Liège - SEED, Belgium

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DIVERSIFOOD Final Congress - Session 4 - From variety selection practices to ecological justice - Corentin Hecquet

  1. 1. Diversifood Corentin Hecquet 11 dec. 2018 From variety selection practices to ecological justice
  2. 2. 1. Argument Behind a heterogeneity of practices there exists a demand for Ecological Justice
  3. 3. 2. Methodology •  26 semi-directive interviews •  3 case studies Belgium France Brittany •  vegetable seeds
  4. 4. 3. Ecological justice •  Justice as a demand •  Goes beyond a liberal theory •  4 dimensions – Experimentation – Recognition – Participation – Inclusion of non-humans Booselman (2008); Schlosberg (2001); Coolsaet (2016)
  5. 5. 4. Problematization •  An injustice experienced •  The tension between the release into circulation of non- DUS seeds and “publicization” à FOCUS : the diversity of publicization’s forms •  PUBLIC (Dewey 1927)
  6. 6. 5. Characterization of the publicisation •  Through the interpersonal relationship •  Through justice •  By the market
  7. 7. 5.1 Through the interpersonal relationship – Seed sachet = hinge between socio-material and socio-political manufacture of cultivated biodiversity – Cultivated biodiversity = à Also a socio-material and socio-political MANUFACTURING
  8. 8. 5.2 Publicisation Through justice •  2 justice trials •  Media coverage – recognition and support – the purchase of seeds = an act of resistance, solidarity à the failure of trials, social victory
  9. 9. 5.3 Publicisation By the market •  Marketing of vegetables labeled "vegetables from peasant seeds” •  short and long circuit •  Recognition by distributors and consumers
  10. 10. 6.1 Cases studies and ecological justice Semailles Kkopelli Kaol Kozh experiment By non profesionnal gardeners Company, social economy, Association Participatory research on cabbage Recognition Interpersonal relationships justice trials Market participation .. Via RSP Do not ask / disobey .. via RSP distributors and eaters Inclusion of non- humans Co-evolution with plants Co-evolution with Mother Earth Free choice Identity "old/reginal variety" seed craftsman “open pollination” Farmers "farmer seeds"
  11. 11. 6.2 impacts •  Ignored à Tolerance à Recognition •  Questioning the DUS variety as the only referent
  12. 12. 7. Discussion and perspectives •  Ecological justice as the next step?

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