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Soil as a site of struggle: differentiated rifts under different modes of farming in intensive commercial agriculture in urbanizing China

 

 

Huijiao Xu, Jingzhong Ye

Corresponding authors: Jingzhong Ye, e-mail: yejz@cau.edu.cn

The Journal of Peasant Studies, Published online

 

Abstract: The metabolic rifts resulted from the rural urban divide and agricultural commodifification require remedy with synthetic fertilizers, multiple labour practices and other methods of repair in urbanizing China. The case study in North China shows that the metabolic rift unfolds in an uneven way in difffferent farmer groups with difffferential labour patterns and livelihood strategies. Simple commodity producers have generally greater potential than capitalized family farmers to ameliorate soil by internalizing external squeeze. This implies contradictory processes and a complex dialectic of destruction and replenishment which makes soil a site of struggle and metabolic rift an increasingly ambivalent notion. This contradiction between intensive modern agricultureand its complex material base will ultimately limit the sustainable development of agriculture, which requires a fundamental change of the productivist paradigm and a return to ecological principles.

Keywords: metabolic rift; metabolic repair; soil fertility; sustainable agriculture

 

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To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2021.1907352


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