Hesitant Recognition Toward a Crop Ontology among Sugar Beet Farmers in Western Poland

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In response to climate change, sustainability has become the keyword for exploring alternative ways of cultivation in different parts of the world. However, local farmers still understand these sustainable alternatives in terms of soil nutrients and their absorption by crops. I examine how sugar beet farmers in western Poland read the condition of crops and field conditions, and accordingly try to cope with agricultural droughts in spring and early summer. While they maintain a practical position that is extremely inductivist, they simultaneously allow for symbolic, indexical meanings. These meanings of farming practices are multilayered and evoke relationships, local histories, and traditions. The farmers accept the reality of climate change only hesitantly, and their aspiration of gaining recognition in Europe has only started to penetrate the multilayered indexical meanings of farming practices.
Publisher
BERGHAHN JOURNALS
Issue Date
2019-12
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

NATURE + CULTURE, v.14, no.3, pp.299 - 314

ISSN
1558-6073
DOI
10.3167/nc.2019.140306
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/267706
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HSS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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