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Socio-cultural lock-ins and the difficulty of sustainability transition in fertilization : response to Struckman (2020)

Huttunen, S. (2020). Socio-cultural lock-ins and the difficulty of sustainability transition in fertilization : response to Struckman. Nordia Geographical Publications, 49(5), 102-106. https://doi.org/10.30671/nordia.100204

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All authors or editors: Huttunen, Suvi

Journal or series: Nordia Geographical Publications

ISSN: 1238-2086

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 49

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 102-106

Publisher: Oulun yliopisto

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30671/nordia.100204

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73672

Additional information: NGP Yearbook 2020: Political Ecologies of Inertia.


This commentary discusses the socio-cultural context of farming and proposes ways to break related lock-ins in the context of sustainability transition research. To be able to change farming practices and design policies to promote the changes, it is essential to understand what actually needs to change. Do we need to change the ways farmers think, the ways that food markets operate, the requirements of plant varieties or the requirements related to protecting water quality? In a complex situation the needed change emerges from the intertwinement of many different issues, which simultaneously work to create the locked-in situation. A focus on people and their practices provides a good starting point for understanding the intertwinement, and working in just ways to break the lock-ins.

Keywords: sustainable agriculture; intensive farming; fertilisation of plants; farmers; readiness for change; agricultural policy; environmental policy

Free keywords: good farmer; agri-environmental policies; sustainability transition; practice change

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Reporting Year: 2020

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