Organic farming and Tourism in Corsica
Researcher: Marie Stormo Nilsson, master student
Photo: Marie Stormo Nilsson
This thesis comprises a part of the project “Overheating”, which aims to study various global crises of an environmental, financial or cultural nature. It further seeks to study global processes and their impact on local processes. My thesis will therefore reflect these overall goals.
My fieldwork was conducted in Corsica. I want to write about organic farming and structural challenges. Tourism and Agriculture comprises two of the major economic sectors in Corscia. In addition, Corsica is mal suited for industrial production, so many of the farmers are organic farmers, or small-scale farmers.
I wish to scrutinize three main challenges connected to organic farming, which are all intertwined. First, the tourism industry and its effects; Secondly, the high demand on land creates high prices. This makes it difficult for farmers to find land to cultivate. Land for construction is very expensive, which leads to farmers selling their land for money. Finally, the relationship between industrial production and tourism is a part of the challenges of organic agriculture.