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    Transdisciplinary research for wicked problems: a transaction costs approach.David S. Conner - 2022 - Agriculture and Human Values 39 (4):1169-1172.
    This paper outlines different types of knowledge and how they are applied to different problem types. It makes the case that co-created knowledge, generated by innovative and collaborative partnerships of scholars within a transdisciplinary framework is best suited to address the most complex and therefore most important problems in food systems scholarship. It applies Transaction Costs theory to highlight some of the options we scholars face and applies these concepts to the issue of Payments for Ecosystems Services., with an analogy (...)
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    The Diverse Values and Motivations of Vermont Farm to Institution Supply Chain Actors.David S. Conner, Noelle Sevoian, Sarah N. Heiss & Linda Berlin - 2014 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 27 (5):695-713.
    Farm to institution (FTI) efforts aim to increase the amount of locally produced foods, typically fruits and vegetables, served by institutions such as schools, colleges, hospitals, senior meal sites, and correctional facilities. Scholars have cited these efforts as contributing to public health and community-based food systems goals. Prior research has found that relationships based on shared values have played a critical role in motivating and sustaining FTI efforts. We review previous studies, discussing values that motivate participation, and affect practices and (...)
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    Farm to institution programs: organizing practices that enable and constrain Vermont’s alternative food supply chains.Sarah N. Heiss, Noelle K. Sevoian, David S. Conner & Linda Berlin - 2015 - Agriculture and Human Values 32 (1):87-97.
    Farm to institution programs represent alternative supply chains that aim to organize the activities of local producers with institutions that feed the local community. The current study demonstrates the value of structuration theory :75–80, 1983; The constitution of society: outline of the theory of structuration. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1984) for conceptualizing how FTI agents create, maintain, and change organizational structures associated with FTI and traditional supply chains. Based on interviews with supply chain agents participating in FTI programs, we (...)
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    Expressing values in agricultural markets: An economic policy perspective. [REVIEW]David S. Conner - 2004 - Agriculture and Human Values 21 (1):27-35.
    Many mechanisms now exist forconsumers to express progressive values inpurchasing decisions. Although demand for suchgoods has grown, these goods remain the purviewof small niche markets. Focusing on the marketfor agricultural goods (and the choice betweenthe paradigms of industrialized versussustainable agriculture), this paper discussesthree major reasons (market failures, entrybarriers, and biased policies) why it isdifficult for consumers to express their valuesfor a more sustainable system in this way, andwhy policy change is needed to create a fairerplaying field. The current policy, voluntarylabeling, (...)
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