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The Metabolism of the Amazon nut Productive Chain: An Analysis through the MuSIASEM Methodology

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Maldonado, Thiago Vargas; Panhoca, Luiz
Conference: In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action, the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
Location: Lima, Peru
Conf. Date: July 1-5
Date: 2019
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10650
Sector: Agriculture
Abstract: "Understanding socio-environmental systems in a holistic way has been a challenge for Environmental Accounting. In this sense, the understanding of human organizations as a social metabolism proposes lenses capable of covering these scopes. One way to promote metabolism analysis is the MuSIASEM methodology. In Brazil, the Amazonian biome, as one of the most diverse and complex metabolisms, stands out in this context the historical exploration of the Brazilian Chestnut, also known nationally as Brazil nut. Thus, the objective of the study was to analyze the socio-environmental metabolism of the Amazon nut production chain in the northwest of the State of Mato Grosso through the MuSIASEM approach. The MuSIASEM methodology was proposed for this study by European researchers in order to be tested in micronarrative analyzes. The study is characterized as exploratory with a qualitative approach, using a case study strategy. It was established for the narrative the construction of a human activity and income fund, besides an energy and production flows. The analyzes showed that the narrative presents a balanced state. However, it was verified the inefficient use of energy, domestic work overload in the settled women, besides the interference of the figure of the middlemen who influenced some indicators."

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