An assessment of the metabolic profile implied by agricultural change in two rural communities in the North of Argentina

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Abstract

The soy expansion model in Argentina generates structural changes in traditional lifestyles, which can be associated with different biophysical and socioeconomic impacts. To explore this issue, we apply an innovative method for integrated assessment-the multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism framework-to characterize two communities in the Chaco Region, Province of Formosa, North of Argentina. These communities have recently experienced the expansion of soy production, altering their economic activity, energy consumption patterns, land use and human time allocation. The integrated characterization presented in the paper illustrates the differences (biophysical, socioeconomic and historical) between the two communities that can be associated with different responses. The analysis of the factors behind these differences has important policy implications for the sustainable development of local communities in the area. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-924
JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Biophysical accounting
  • Chaco
  • Land-time budget analysis
  • Multi-scale integrated analysis
  • Rural development
  • Societal metabolism
  • Soy expansion

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