LANDSCAPE EATERS: SUPPORTING RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES DELIVERY BY EATING
Soy-Massoni E., Monllor N., Nuss S., Markuszewska I., Tanskanen M.
Pages: 381-398 Published: 7 Oct 2018
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Abstract: Eating is a creative and holistic way of contributing to rural development, landscape preservation and ecosystem services delivery in rural areas. The experience of contributing to a better world with a daily action is totally revolutionary. The way we buy, cook and consume food, it is one of the more relevant ways of participation in a low-carbon society from the perspective of personal choices. Thinking eating food as an action of direct policy, means changing the landscape with a daily commitment to a healthier society. This article aims to present the “Landscape eaters’ experience” carried out in May 2017 in Vilademuls (Girona, Spain). 12 international students experienced during 2 weeks meals being part of a fair food system and eating consciously where lunch and dinner menus were created in order to discover the local farm products in the area and also to participate actively in the local economy system. Results not only show the educational value of the experience, but also the analyses of the environmental and social benefits behind selected products, such as its contribution to new generation of farmers, the creation of alternative economic models, the establishment of population in the territory, producing high nature value farmland, or maintaining traditional landscapes.
Keywords: agricultural landscapes, ecosystem services, educational and gastronomic experience, rural development