GLRPPR Sector Resource: Linking knowledge and action through mental models of sustainable agriculture
Linking knowledge and action through mental models of sustainable agriculture
Sustainability is notoriously difficult to define and put into practice in the context of agricultural and other social-ecological systems. A crucial task within this debate is to analyze how practitioners understand the idea of sustainability. Using California winegrape growers as an example, this paper uses network science to describe the structure of farmer mental models of sustainable agriculture and link those models to behavioral aspects of sustainable agriculture. California growers have hierarchically organized mental models with more abstract goals in the center and more concrete strategies in the periphery. The concept of sustainability is a viable approach for linking knowledge to action; there are strong positive correlations between the sophistication of an individual's beliefs about sustainability, participation in local outreach programs, and adoption of sustainable practices.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(36), 13016–13021.
Date of Publication:
September 9, 2014
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