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Mucky Carrots and other proxies : problematising the knowledge fix for sustainable and ethical consumption.

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Mucky Carrots and other proxies : problematising the knowledge fix for sustainable and ethical consumption. / Eden, Sally; Bear, Christopher; Walker, Gordon P.

In: Geoforum, Vol. 39, No. 2, 03.2008, p. 1044-1057.

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Eden, Sally ; Bear, Christopher ; Walker, Gordon P. / Mucky Carrots and other proxies : problematising the knowledge fix for sustainable and ethical consumption. In: Geoforum. 2008 ; Vol. 39, No. 2. pp. 1044-1057.

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