Sustainable horticultural supply chain: the case of local food networks in the United Kingdom
Pearson, D. H. A. and Bailey, A. (2009) Sustainable horticultural supply chain: the case of local food networks in the United Kingdom. In: Proceedings of the XVIth International Symposium on Horticultural Economics and Management. Acta Horticulturae (831). ISHS, pp. 131-137.
Official URL: http://www.pubhort.org/actahort/books/831/
In the UK there is widespread support from Government, media and consumers for local food networks. These have the potential to provide a more sustainable supply chain and are well suited to the unique production and consumption characteristics of horticultural products. In terms of food marketing, local food is in its relative infancy and is still without any formal definition. This lack of clarity hampers research activities. Although the profile of local food buyers and their expectations has been explored, our knowledge of its social, economic and environmental aspects is minimal. This research contributes by exploring the structure and scope of local food activities in the UK in terms of profiling those specialised retail outlets who provide consumers with the opportunity to purchase locally grown horticultural products.