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Social innovation in local food in Japan: Choku-bai-jo markets and Teikei cooperative practices

Parker, G., (2014) Social innovation in local food in Japan: Choku-bai-jo markets and Teikei cooperative practices. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning. 08/14. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp22.

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The working paper depicts two innovative examples from Japan of the direct supply of food, which involves the development of closer producer-consumer relations, as well as closer producer-producer networks. Choku-bai-jo and Teikei networks are considered as examples of practices implicated in alternative food networks (AFNs). One example has become a quasi-public endeavour and is seen by the Japanese state as a legitimate part of rural development and is promoted in support of small producers. The other is borne from consumer concern over food quality and, despite its long-lived status, this arrangement remains marginal and with little institutional or governmental support. A model which blends the organization and aims of both examples holds potential for a more sustainable eco-economic future.

Item Type:Report (Working Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:37025
Publisher:University of Reading
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