Localizing Global Food: Short Food Supply Chains as Responses to Agri-Food System Challenges

1st Edition

Agni Kalfagianni, Sophia Skordili

Published November 20, 2018
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9781138327368 - CAT# K392505
Series: Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment

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Short food supply chains (SFSCs) rely primarily on local production and processing practices for the provision of food and are, in principle, more sustainable in social,  economic and environmental terms than supply chains where production and consumption are widely separated.

This book reviews and assesses recent initiatives on this topic from an interdisciplinary  perspective. In theoretical terms it draws on and advances two key concepts, namely, place (particularly embeddedness in local economic networks and communities) and governance (particularly in addressing sustainability concerns in an inclusive and socially just manner). Empirically, the book examines a diverse set of SFSCs such as small-scale entrepreneurship,
farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture and grassroots and solidarity networks. The main examples discussed are from Europe and North America, but the issues are applicable in a global context.

The book is of interest to advanced students, researchers and professionals in food studies, sociology, geography, planning, politics and environmental studies.

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