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Multifunctionality and Sustainability in the California Rice Industry: Linking Production with Consumption in Rice Agro-food Networks

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Rice paddies are surrogates for wetland habitat in California, prompting the some to suggest that ecological services payments could be used in lieu of direct subsidy payments. The WTO may rule that current coupled subsidy payments are illegal—as with cotton—providing a tremendous opportunity to move California rice production toward sustainability. Yet a focus on production will not address the sustainability of California rice. The California rice industry currently exports rice across the Pacific, undermining the prices for rice producers in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Some in the rice industry envision rice instead being sold to local schools in poorer communities. The renegotiation of subsidy payments could be link production to consumption, encouraging sustainability and social justice in agro-food networks. What are the potentials, promises, and pitfalls of engaging in this approach? I will highlight political opportunities and potential political strategies to foster agro-food system change in the California rice industry.

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trade, activism, rice, sustainability, california
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Mulvaney, Dustin. "Multifunctionality and Sustainability in the California Rice Industry: Linking Production with Consumption in Rice Agro-food Networks" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Marriott Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, Aug 02, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p187297_index.html>

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Mulvaney, D. , 2007-08-02 "Multifunctionality and Sustainability in the California Rice Industry: Linking Production with Consumption in Rice Agro-food Networks" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Marriott Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p187297_index.html

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Abstract: Rice paddies are surrogates for wetland habitat in California, prompting the some to suggest that ecological services payments could be used in lieu of direct subsidy payments. The WTO may rule that current coupled subsidy payments are illegal—as with cotton—providing a tremendous opportunity to move California rice production toward sustainability. Yet a focus on production will not address the sustainability of California rice. The California rice industry currently exports rice across the Pacific, undermining the prices for rice producers in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Some in the rice industry envision rice instead being sold to local schools in poorer communities. The renegotiation of subsidy payments could be link production to consumption, encouraging sustainability and social justice in agro-food networks. What are the potentials, promises, and pitfalls of engaging in this approach? I will highlight political opportunities and potential political strategies to foster agro-food system change in the California rice industry.

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