Sustainable horticultural supply chains: The case of local food networks in the UK

David Pearson, Alison Bailey

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
JournalActa Horticulturae
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event XVI International Symposium on Horticultural Economics and Management - Chiang Mai , Thailand
Duration: 28 Jun 20093 Jul 2009


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