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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Part I Innovative Local Agrifood Governance 2. The Rise of Municipal Food Movements 3. Grassroots responsible innovation initiatives in SFSC 4. Food localization and agency: The Cases of Regionalwert AG and Luzernenhof in Freiburg, Germany Part II Local Agrifood Systems 5. The long and the short of it: Motivations and realities for food hub actors in Ontario, Canada 6. "New" micro agrofood initiatives in crisis-hit Greece and beyond: a promising alternative or business as usual? 7. Synergies between Localized Agri-food Systems and Short Supply Chains for Geographical Indications in Italy 8. Re-embedding Greek Feta in localities: Cooperation of small dairies as a territorial development strategy Part III Alternative Agrifood Market Channels 9. The fairness of alternative food retailers in the Netherlands 10. Social justice on the market place. The renewal of peri-urban open-air food markets around Montpellier, France 11. Protection of a 'place': Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Germany 12. Conclusions
Agni Kalfagianni is Associate Professor of Transnational Sustainability Governance, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Sophia Skordili is Professor of Industrial Geography, Department of Geography, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece.