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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.

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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.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Food Security
ID Code:25348
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fresh produce, distribution channel, regional food
Additional Information:Conference: the XVIth International Symposium on Horticultural and Management Economics held at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand on 28 June to 2 July, 2009


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