The Moral Economy Is a Double-edged Sword: Explaining Farmers’ Earnings and Self-exploitation in Community-Supported Agriculture

  title={The Moral Economy Is a Double-edged Sword: Explaining Farmers’ Earnings and Self-exploitation in Community-Supported Agriculture},
  author={Ryan E. Galt},
  journal={Economic Geography},
  pages={341 - 365}
  • Ryan E. Galt
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • Economics
  • Economic Geography
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