Community-Supported Agriculture

Every innovation has its shortfalls, and every establishment faces its own share of risks. In the world of agriculture, there is a substantial quantity of both. From thousands of years back, we have always had to deal with the shortfalls of every establishment, no matter how little we set upon. These things we do have a beautiful impact, but they remain in potential danger nonetheless.

For agriculture, the bigger population reap a whole lot of benefits when it flourishes, and when it does not, they equally share in the losses, too. Except that it is in a different way; they only feel the impact through a rise in food prices and other essentials tied in to the value chain. It is the farmer who bears the pain of seeing his crops lost and every effort from the planting season go to waste. This time however, community-supported agriculture designs a new perspective to viewing agricultural loss.

It is a burst of acute camaraderie between consumer and the producer of consumables. The consumers who could be people in a particular community throw their weights behind the farmer and help to bear his loss. Instead of letting him go it alone, they support the endeavour by assuming risks that replete in the farming process. This shares a close semblance with an investment. Consumers buy shares in the farmer’s produce ahead of the actual harvest.

Although the crops are yet to materialise, the consumers agree to accept whatever the harvests bring. That is, whether or not the crops are lost to some adversity of the other, consumers do not demand a refund neither does the farmer accrue any liability for the loss. However, the farmer delivers the produce duly to members of the community when the harvest is good.

For this kind of consensus to exist, there has to be a mutual relationship between the farmer and the party accepting to shoulder the loss. Friendly relationships will bolster the trust and make for fair interaction to be sustained even in the event of a loss.

The idea of a communally backed agricultural system is said to have originated from vegetable farmers in Japan. It was based on something called the Principles of Teikei. It seems from a need to show solidarity with farmers whose task is to ensure that we never run short of food. The presence of farmers goes a long way in ensuring that we are able to embark on many other exercises of curiosity that catch our eye. For instance, technology was able to accelerate in advancement when less people were needed in the fields because machines now did most tasks. People could now comfortably look deeper into new realms of science since it was guaranteed that feeding would keep coming from the back end and others were on hand to produce it.

CSA must be encouraged on a larger scale to improve desire to delve into agriculture. Knowing that non-farmers have their backs, small-scale agriculturists now go on to cultivate with lessened fear of potential risks. More than the act of farming itself, it creates an atmosphere of trust and excellent relationships between all concerned. Communities are better integrated, are closer to each other, thereby making food a catalyst for stronger security.

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